Suisheng Sam Zhao's Publications
The rise of China has transformed Sino-US relations in the 21st century. Although the United States remains atop the global power hierarchy, its relative leverage has become more restraint as China has steadily stepped up as a counterweight to US influence. The Sino-US relationship has, therefore, become increasingly strategic and complicated. In addition to the often sharp differences over many bilateral issues such as trade, human rights and Taiwan, a strategic distrust, i.e., suspicion of each other's long-term intentions, has emerged to overshadow the relationship. While many Chinese are concerned that the US will try to keep China down, some Americans are anxious about the implications of China's great power aspiration for US interests.
How has China's rise resulted in the strategic distrust? Can the US and China function in a world of relatively greater power equality and interdependence? Can theyforge a partnership to expand cooperation in areas of common interests? Specifically, what is the US anxiety of the "China threat" and responses to the transformation of the US-China relationship in the 21st century? How do the Chinese perceive the new relationship with the US? What are the Chinese perspectives of opportunities and challenges working with the US in traditional and non-traditional security issue areas? Can China replace the US leadership in Asia? How has the shifting balance of power between the US and China led to new dynamics in their respective relations with Japan and Taiwan? These are the critically important questions that this book of contributions by leading scholars seeks to find answers.
This book is based on a collection of papers from the Journal of Contemporary China.
Hu Jintao's Foreign Policy Legacy in e-International Relations, December 8, 2012
Political Reform in The Diplomat special issue "China: What's Next?"
Understanding China's assertive foreign policy bhavior during the global financial meltdown in The European Financial Review, December 18, 2010
Professor Zhao's most recent interview on Al-Jazeera, Saturday, November 12th.
Also, watch Professor Zhao's interview during his recent trip to Australia
2012 from Routledge: China and East Asian Regionalism: Economic and Security Cooperation and Institution-Building, Edited by Suisheng Zhao
To convey the image of a responsible power willing to contribute to regional stability and cooperation, China has shifted from a single-minded preference for bilateralism to an active participation in East Asian regionalism in the recent decades. This development has inspired discussions over whether a rising China could play a leadership role in building an institutionalized architecture for regional cooperation in East Asia. Nevertheless, this has not happened as East Asian regional cooperation and relevant activities remain mostly ad hoc and informal, especially when compared to regions such as Europe.
To what extent has China contributed or constrained the development of regionalism in East Asia? What are China's desired roles and objectives in East Asian regional cooperation? What is the level of trust that other regional players have for China in regional cooperation? This book seeks answers to these questions by exploring China's motivations and strategic calculations as well as its policy practices in East Asian economic and security cooperation.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary China.
2010 from Routledge: Grassroots Elections in China, Edited by Suisheng Zhao
This book carefully examines the implementation and effects of China’s village, township, and people’s congress elections, both in terms of democratizing the polity and spurring other changes in state-society relations.
2008 from Palgrave Macmillan: China and the United States: Cooperation and Competition in Northeast Asia, Edited by Suisheng Zhao
This edited book features leading scholars and policy analysts on China-US relations, that will appeal to scholars in Asian Studies, Political Science, Economics and International Studies. This is the only book that explores the implications of China's rise for the US-China relations with a focus on their cooperation and competition in Northeast Asia.In this edited volume, distinguished scholars and policy analysts explore how China's rise has brought great opportunities for cooperation as well as great challenges for geo-political competition between the United States and China.
2008 from Routledge: China-US Relations Transformed: Perspectives &Strategic Interactions, Edited by Suisheng Zhao
This book, written by leading scholars and policy analysts from both the US and China, explores the transformation and multifaceted nature of US-China relations, including how the political elite in both countries have defined their strategic objectives in response to Chinas rise and managed their relations accordingly.
2006 from M.E. Sharpe: Debating Political Reform in China: Rule of Lawvs. Democratization, Edited by Suisheng Zhao
The growing disconnect between China's market-oriented economy with its emerging civil society, and the brittle, anacronistic, and authoritarian state has given rise to intense discussion and debate about political reform, not only by Western observers, but also among Chinese intellectuals. While some expect China's political reform to lead to democritazation, others have proposed to strengthen the institution of single-party rule and provide it with a solid legal base.
2004 from Stanford University Press: A Nation-State by Construction, Dynamics of Modern Chinese Nationalism, by Suisheng Zhao
NEWS: Sam Zhao presented his findings from his ground-breaking book, Nation-State by Construction: Dynamics of Modern Chinese Nationalism (Stanford University Press, 2004) at the Carnegie Endowment. David Lampton of SAIS provided further commentary, and Minxin Pei of Carnegie moderated the discussion. Click here for a transcript.
CARNEGIE SPONSORED PROGRAMS
China-US Relations in the New Global Context: Improving Multilateral
Cooperation among Today's Leading States
A report of the results of a series of specialist dialogues held in Vail, Berlin, Bejing, and Washington, D.C. between 2003 - 2005 written by Prof. Sam Zhao, Dean Tom Farer and Prof. Tim Sisk.