A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China by Patrick Tyler

By Patrick Tyler

Hailed as ''absorbing'' via the New York Times and ''suspense-filled'' via Foreign Affairs, Patrick Tyler's A nice Wall turned an fast vintage; a must-read for someone focused on the advanced and combative courting among the world's largest and the world's strongest countries. And nobody may inform this tale greater than Patrick Tyler, veteran journalist and previous Beijing bureau leader of the New York Times. utilizing fabulous unique reporting from his years in China; interviews with presidents, secretaries of nation, chinese language officers, and different key leaders; and 15,000 pages of newly declassified files, Tyler illuminates a courting often shrouded in secrecy, miscommunication, contention, fascination, and worry. A nice Wall is key analyzing for somebody attracted to China and a person desirous about the moving dynamics of post-Cold warfare geopolitics.

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Instead, China is buying its military credibility by upgrading a portion of its armed forces for short-duration, high-tech warfare near its own shores. Central to China's emerging military strategy are contingency plans aimed at bringing Taiwan quickly to its knees with a barrage of missiles— new and more accurate ballistic missiles and cruise missiles—that could enforce a blockade, trigger a political crisis, and cavise a civilian exodus that would paralyze Taiwan's economy. At the same time, Beijing's military planners are seeking means to deter Prologue: The Risk of War...

This book is about that history and the basic truths of America's relations with China from the Nixon opening to die end of the twentiedi century. -China relations, much of which was hidden from them as it was occurring. The most profound truths about the relationship are these. First and foremost, the United States has reneged on the solemn promises of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan that America would show great restraint in providing limited, defensive arms to Taiwan during the transitional era that was to follow the establishment of formal diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979.

Stapleton Roy, believed that if only Clinton had been paying attention to China policy all along, he could have foreseen the congressional steamroller in support of admitting Lee Teng-hui and preempted the crisis through early consultations with Beijing. Holding a summit with Chinese president Jiang Zemin would have allowed die Clinton administration to reaffirm the one-China principle. Then he could have explained in more relaxed circumstances why it was politically necessary to admit Lee for an unofficial visit.

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