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Worse Than a Monolith by Thomas J. Christensen

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Chapter 7THE FALL AND REVIVAL OF COERCIVE DIPLOMACY: SECURITY PARTNERSHIPS AND SINO-AMERICAN SECURITY RELATIONS, 1972–2009

The legacies of U.S. regional alliances, especially with the Republic of China (Taiwan), continued to complicate U.S.-PRC relations from the time of rapprochement in 1971–72 to full normalization of relations in 1979, but the dynamics analyzed in this study were not prevalent in either that period or the longer one between normalization and the end of the Cold War in 1991. The United States and the PRC were for the most part aligned on the same side in the Cold War, and coercive diplomacy was not a major issue in the two states’ relations with each other. Nor were trends in the U.S.-Japan alliance particularly sensitive ...

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