On China - Kindle edition by Henry Kissinger. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Fascinating, shrewd [The book's] portrait of China is informed by eBook features: Highlight, take notes, and search in the book. On China by Henry Kissinger, New York, Penguin Press, , xviii + pp. of more than 50 visits to China, Kissinger has spoken with the likes of Mao.
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CHAPTER 1 - The Singularity of China. CHAPTER 2 - The Kowtow Question and the Opium War. CHAPTER 3 - From Preeminence to Decline. PDF | China is the country that Henry Kissinger understands the most. His Mandarin is very good, as shown in this book. I spent 12 years as a. "Fascinating, shrewd The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times In this sweeping.
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Look Inside. Apr 24, Pages download. May 17, Pages download. May 17, Minutes download. Apr 24, Pages. May 17, Pages. May 17, Minutes. The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history. In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book-length to a country he has known intimately for decades, and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape.
Drawing on historical records as well as his conversations with Chinese leaders over the past forty years, Kissinger examines how China has approached diplomacy, strategy, and negotiation throughout its history, and reflects on the consequences for the global balance of power in the 21st century.
At the same time, Chinese statesmen-facing threats of invasion from without, and the contests of competing factions within-developed a canon of strategic thought that prized the virtues of subtlety, patience, and indirection over feats of martial prowess.
In On China , Kissinger examines key episodes in Chinese foreign policy from the classical era to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the decades since the rise of Mao Zedong. With his singular vantage on U.
The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns in Chinese history …even as it explicates the philosophical differences that separate it from the United States. Kissinger has now written On China , a fluent, fascinating …book that is part history, part memoir and above all an examination of the premises, methods and aims of Chinese foreign policy.
Former Secretary of State Kissinger brings his considerable scholarly knowledge and professional expertise to this chronicle of the complicated evolution and precarious future of Chinese diplomacy with the West.
Paperback —. The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns in Chinese history …even as it explicates the philosophical differences that separate it from the United States. Kissinger for America's opening to Beijing, after more than two decades of estrangement, and for China's subsequent opening to the world. So it's fitting that Mr.
Kissinger has now written On China , a fluent, fascinating …book that is part history, part memoir and above all an examination of the premises, methods and aims of Chinese foreign policy. Former Secretary of State Kissinger brings his considerable scholarly knowledge and professional expertise to this chronicle of the complicated evolution and precarious future of Chinese diplomacy with the West. He is the author of numerous books on foreign policy and diplomacy and is currently the chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc.
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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified download. Kissinger tells us that Chinese leaders, starting with Mao Zedong, skillfully played the Americans and Russians off against each other, bolstering China's relatively weak position and enabling it to behave as a third Superpower. This account is the most significant element in On China, though Kissinger gives us more.
He briefly sketches China's history, including the odd fact that the vast country apparently has no origin myth -- even in its oldest stories China was simply always there -- and then brings the picture into increasing detail as he moves forward, achieving the sharpest focus in those years when Kissinger himself was closely involved in the Chinese--American interaction.
Along the way we get glimpses of the personalities of 20th and 21st century Chinese leaders. Mao, for example, comes across as brilliant and fiercely determined, but lacking any sense of empathy. Zhou Enlai was subtle, polite and solicitous, but distant. Deng Xioping was practical, down-to-earth, and direct, and so on -- the former Secretary of State is at pains to be objective and to give everyone his due. Kissinger may be an old cold warrior, and some will never forgive him for his involvement with the Vietnam war and the bombing of Cambodia, but his analyses are always insightful, and it is fascinating to follow his mind at work.
Highly recommended. The book is of immense value to anyone with even a passing interest in US, China relations. While some may criticize HAK for his treatment of Moa and other significant dignitaries, i. Typical of Kissinger writings related to historical events, he frames all actors in such a way as to explain their behavior, rather than to microscopically examine their motives or personalities All people have particulars, about which, volumes of speculative writings could be generated; HAK penetrates and emphasizes the traits understandable to virtually every person.
I believe the great lesson presented by this volume is that deep understanding of previous events, not the random occurrence various personalities, is the touchstone of successful international relations. HAK is a master of not losing perspective on the forest by becoming too concerned with the individual trees. That is not to say this is a perfect book.
As someone who has studied and lived in China, though after the periods referred to in the book for the most part, I find many of his explanations and analysis to be worthy of serious consideration and based on historical fact with consideration of the ancient and modern Chinese consciousness. Do I agree with everything? This book would have been too tame and timid if every statement expressed in its pages were wholly supported by all readers. I anticipate, from a quick scan of other reviews, that some will find the author rather laudatory towards several of the Chinese leaders mentioned.
He does show respect, something the American republic is often hesitant to do towards any foreign leader or even our own; however, you will find he writes with similar respect towards American leaders of similar time periods and it is impossible to write clear facts in some cases, without it being assumed that credit is being given.
The author has a very well realized concept of the stumbling blocks, cultural tripping points and shear weight of history that face any combination of leaders from China and the U.
In many cases, it seems that he is refraining from judgement or attempting to put forth facts that the general public with its media pipeline of information, may not have considered. It is useful, in and of itself; all accounts of history have a perspective unique to the telling and the study of what it perceived or advertised is nearly as important as the event themselves.
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