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Faculty Publications

Below are recent publications, books and journal articles authored and edited by Center for China-U.S. Cooperation Executive Director Suisheng Zhao.

Professor Zhao's research focuses on Chinese nationalism, Chinese politics and foreign policy, East Asian international relations and Asian regionalism.

Recent Publications

The Rise of China and Transformation of the U.S.-China Relationship: Forging Partnership in the Age of Strategic Mistrust, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 2014).

How has China's rise resulted in the strategic distrust? Can the U.S. and China function in a world of relatively greater power equality and interdependence? Can they forge a partnership to expand cooperation in areas of common interests? Specifically, what is the U.S. anxiety of the "China threat" and responses to the transformation of the U.S.-China relationship in the 21st century? Can China replace the U.S. leadership in Asia? How has the shifting balance of power between the U.S. and China led to new dynamics in their respective relations with Japan and Taiwan? These are among the critically important questions that this book of contributions by leading scholars seeks to more

China's Search for Energy Security: Domestic Sources and International Implications. Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 2013).

China's rapid economic growth in the recent decades has produced an unprecedented energy vulnerability that could threaten the sustainability of its economic development, a linchpin to social stability and ultimately the regime legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as well as the foundation for China's rising power more

"Foreign Policy Implications of Chinese Nationalism Revisited: the strident turn" Journal of Contemporary China, 22(82), (2013).

This paper revisits the debate about foreign policy implications of Chinese nationalism in the context of China's increasingly confrontational and assertive behavior in recent years. It argues that while the Chinese government made effective efforts to control popular nationalism and Chinese foreign policy was therefore not dictated by emotional nationalistic rhetoric before 2008, it has become more willing to follow the popular nationalist calls to take a confrontational position against the Western powers and to adopt tougher measures in maritime territorial disputes with its more ()

  • China in Africa: Strategic Motives and Economic Interests, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 2015).
  • China and East Asian Regionalism: Economic and Security Cooperation and Institution-Building, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 2015).
  • Construction of Chinese Nationalism in the Early 21st Century: Domestic Sources and International Implications, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 2014)
  • China and East Asian Regionalism: Economic and Security Cooperation and Institution Building, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 2012).
  • Grassroots Elections in China, Ed. Kevin O'Brien and Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 2012).
  • In Search of China's Development Model: Beyond the Beijing Consensus, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 2011).
  • China-U.S. Relations Transformed: Perspectives & Strategic Interactions, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 2008).
  • Debating Political Reform in China: Rule of Law versus Democratization, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (M. E. Sharpe, 2006).
  • A Nation-State by Construction: Dynamics of Modern Chinese Nationalism, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Stanford University Press, 2004).
  • Chinese Foreign Policy: Pragmatism and Strategic Behavior, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (M. E. Sharpe, 2003).
  • China and Democracy: Reconsidering the Prospect for a Democratic China, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 2000).
  • Across the Taiwan Strait: Mainland China, Taiwan, and the Crisis of 1995-96, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (Routledge, 1999).
  • Power by Design: Constitution-making in Nationalist China, Ed. Suisheng Zhao (University of Hawaii Press, 1996).
  • Decision-Making in Deng's China: Perspectives from Insiders, Eds. Suisheng Zhao and C.L. Hamrin (M. E. Sharpe, 1995).
Journal Articles

Chinese Nationalism

  • "China's Pragmatic Nationalism: Is It Manageable?" Washington Quarterly, (Winter 2006).
  • "Nationalism's Double-edge," Wilson Quarterly, 29(4), (Autumn 2005).
  • "Nationalism as a Unifier-and Risk," International Politik, 6(4), (Winter 2005).
  • "Chinese Nationalism and its International Orientations," Political Science Quarterly, 115(1), (2000).
  • "A State-led Nationalism: The Patriotic Education Campaign in Post-Tiananmen China," Communist and Post-communist Studies, 31(3), (September 1998).
  • "Chinese Intellectuals' Quest for National Greatness and Nationalistic Writing in the 1990s," China Quarterly, 152, (December 1997).

China and Democracy

  • "Political Liberalization without Democratization: Pan Wei's Proposal for Political Reform," Journal of Contemporary China, 12(35), (2003).
  • "Political Liberalization and the Prospect for Democratization in China," Journal of Democracy, 9(1), (January 1998).
  • "A History of Tragedy: the Chinese Search for Democracy in the Twentieth Century," Journal of Contemporary China, 3, (Summer 1993).

Chinese Foreign Policy

  • "China's Periphery Policy and its Asian Neighbors," Security Dialogue, 30(3), (September 1999).
  • "Soft Versus Structured Regionalism: Organizational Forms of Regional Cooperation in Asia-Pacific," Journal of East Asian Affairs, 12(1), (Winter/Spring 1998).
  • "The Lonely Superpower: Chinese Views on America's Role in the Post-Cold War World," Brown Journal of World Affairs, 5(2), (Summer/Fall 1998).
  • "Asia-Pacific Regional Multipolarity: from Alliance to Alignment In the Post-Cold War Era," World Affairs: The Journal of the American Peace Society, 159(4), (Spring 1997).
  • "Beijing's Perception of International System and Foreign Policy Adjustment in the Post-Cold War World," Journal of Northeast Asian Studies, 11(3), (Fall 1992).
  • "The Implications of Demilitarization of Tibet to Sino-Indian Relations and Asian Security," Asian Affairs: An American Review, 22(4), (Winter 1996).


  • "Conflict Prevention across the Taiwan Strait and the Making of China's Anti-Secession Law," Asian Perspective, 30(1), (2006).
  • "Beijing's Wait-and-See Policy Toward Taiwan: An Uncertain Future," East Asia: An International Quarterly, 20(3), (Fall 2003).
  • "Chinese Nationalism and Beijing's Taiwan Policy: A China Threat?" Issues & Studies, 36(1), (January/February 2000).
  • "Military Coercion and Peaceful Offense: Beijing's Strategy of National Reunification with Taiwan," Pacific Affairs, 72(4), (Winter 1999/2000)
  • "Economic Interdependence and Political Divergence: The Emerging Pattern of Relations Across the Taiwan Strait," Journal of Contemporary China, 6(15), (July 1997).
  • "Cooperation Between Rival Regimes: Détente Across the Taiwan Strait, 1979-1991," Issues and Studies, 29(4), (1993).


  • "China's Global Search for Energy: Cooperation and Competition in the Asia-Pacific," Journal of Contemporary China, 17(55), (2008).
  • "Meeting the Challenge of Contemporary China Studies: The Journal of Contemporary China," Issues & Studies, 38(4)/39(1), (December 2002/March 2003).
  • "Deadlock: Beijing's National Reunification Strategy after Lee Teng-hui," Problems of Post Communism, 48(2), (March/April 2001).
  • "Political Reform and Changing One-Party Rule in Deng's China," Problems of Post-Communism, 44(5), (September/October 1997).
  • "Deng Xiaoping's Southern Tour: Elite Politics in Post-Tiananmen China," Asian Survey, 33(8), (August 1993).
  • "Notes on China's Confidential Document System," Journal of Contemporary China, 4, (Fall 1993).
  • "From Coercion to Negotiation: The Changing Central-Local Economic Relationship in China," Issues & Studies, 28(10), (October 1992).
  • "Feeble Political Capacity of A Strong One-Party Regime: Economic Policy-Making and Implementation in Post-Mao China" (Part One), Issues & Studies, 26(1), (January 1990).
  • "Feeble Political Capacity of A Strong One-Party Regime: Economic Policy Making and Implementation in Post-Mao China" (Part Two), Issues & Studies, 26(2), (February 1990).