About "Dangerous Straits"
An introduction to the FRONTLINE documentary
Historical context in which to learn about U.S.-China relations, an overview of the key issues
between the two countries, and information on the recent strains in the United
States' relationship with China
Students are asked to prepare policy briefs for their U.S. representatives; to
learn about the art and practice of diplomacy; and to engage in meaningful
debate about U.S.-China relations.
On the Web
Short descriptions of the key terms and historical figures
Fitzgerald, John. "China and the Quest for Dignity," in National
Interest, Spring 1999. Interesting essay on the development of nationalism
in contemporary China.
Lampton, David M. Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations,
1989-2000. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001. Detailed,
authoritative study of this period of U.S.-China relations by a leading
academic and policy specialist in the field.
Mann, James. About Face: A History of America's Curious Relationship with
China, from Nixon to Clinton. New York: Knopf, 1999. Enlightening account
by a respected diplomatic correspondent for the Los Angeles Times about
the narrow social base on which the U.S. rebuilt its relationship with China
during the 1970s and 1980s.
Niu, Jun. "Suspicion: Present Chinese Understanding of and Reflection on the
United States," from China and World Economy, No. 5, 2001. A review of
recent U.S.-China relations from a Chinese perspective by specialist on
international relations at Beijing University, who is well regarded by
colleagues in the field in both countries. (Available on the Web at http://www.iwep.org.cn/wec/.)
Schaller, Michael. The United States and China in the Twentieth Century, 2nd
ed. New York: Oxford UP, 1990. Good brief survey of U.S.-China
Shambaugh, David. "The United States and China: Cooperation or Confrontation?"
from The China Reader: The Reform Era, Orville Schell and David
Shambaugh, ed. New York: Vintage Books, 1999, 470-479. Originally published in
Current History, September 1997. Analysis of U.S.-China relations during
the mid-1990s by an expert in the field, with insight into American opposition
Starr, John Bryan. Understanding China: a Guide to China's Economy, History,
and Political Structure. New York: Hill and Wang, 1997. Excellent general
introduction. Chapter 16, on China's foreign relations, describes the range of
interest groups in the shaping of Chinese foreign policy and discusses Chinese
commercial and strategic priorities.
Tyler, Patrick. A Great Wall -- an Investigative History. New York: The
Century Foundation, 1999. Account by a well-informed New York Times
correspondent of how six recent U.S. administrations struggled to guide
U.S.-China policy through a series of diplomatic and military challenges.
Weekly journal with provocative but thinner coverage than Far Eastern Economic
Review. Use its search engine to bring up articles on a specific topic.
Central Intelligence Agency Factbook, China
This source gives basic information culled by U.S. government researchers about
contemporary China on a variety of topics. Up to date to July 2001.
This newspaper is published in Beijing and represents Chinese government
perspectives. Its search engine will return all kinds of topics relevant to
this project. The homepage (lower right side) has hot links to other Chinese
communications media, including Xinhua News xinhuanet.com.cn,
various information agencies, and TV/radio sources.
Dialog@Carl News Collection
This subscriber service provides full text of over 115 national and
international newspapers and news services. It is available at your public
library and may well also be online at your school library. The Asian news
services include Asia Intelligence Wire, Asia-Pacific News (covers 10 Asia
regional newspapers and agencies including the China Daily PRC, the China
News Taiwan, and the Central News Agency Taiwan), The South Chine Morning
Post (Hong Kong), and Xinhua News Agency (PRC). An advantage of this service is
that you can search up to 6 data bases simultaneously.
If your school subscribes to this resource, it is worth consulting. The
Economist is a leading weekly English language journal for informed
commentary on worldwide political and economic topics. (Current articles are
free; to use the search engine costs $4.95 a week or $59 a year to
Far Eastern Economic Review
Outstanding weekly journal published in Hong Kong. Provides broad review of
developments throughout East Asia. Use its search engine to find relevant
articles on China. (Free)
Inside China Today
From EuropeanInternet.com. This source draws heavily on European wire services.
It contains such resources as"Sino-U.S. Relations Since 1971" and many
up-to-date news stories on China today. (There is a small registration fee to
join this service.)
The New York Times
Typing"spy plane incident in China" into search engine, and choosing current
year to date for the date range, brought up 93 articles (as of 9/21/01). (Free,
but requires registration.)
South China Morning Post
Outstanding newspaper published in Hong Kong. Typing in"spy plane incident"
into its search engine brought up 83 entries (as of 9/21/2001).
Trade Information Center, U.S. Department of Commerce
Major source for information on U.S. international trade.
This source provides considerable information on China's economy.
NOTE: There are many other URLs giving information about China. Don't believe
everything you read in them. The Web sites of major journals and information
agencies give the same information that is published in print and have the
reputation of the journal or agency behind them.