Dear Readers: On October 15, Engaging China: Rebuilding Sino-American Relations will be published by Rowman & Littlefield. As you know from my blogs on US-China relations, I am at once critical of both countries’ leaderships and strongly supportive of efforts to find common ground. Engaging China–with a policy I call competitive coexistence–puts me at odds with the current bipartisan consensus in the US. Please consider buying my book and supporting the blog. USE PROMO CODE RLFANDF30 TO RECEIVE 30% OFF AT

Praise for ENGAGING CHINA, by Mel Gurtov

“Mel Gurtov makes a measured and powerful case that despite growing mutual mistrust and intensifying bilateral frictions, reengagement between the United States and China is not just urgently necessary, it is possible.”

Carla Freeman, senior expert for China at the United States Institute of Peace

“A lucid, balanced, and up-to-date analysis of current US-China relations. Gurtov offers insightful and persuasive strategies for engaging China, while avoiding confrontation and conflicts. A must-read for China specialists, policy makers, and laymen interested in US-China relations.”

⁠—Chung-in Moon, chairman of the Sejong Institute

“Mel Gurtov has analyzed and advised on US foreign policy toward China since the Vietnam War era and can attest to the strategic importance of engaging with adversaries and rivals. This fast-paced volume starts with a compelling argument for having a strategy of engagement in America’s foreign policy tool kit. It offers an up-to-date survey of the tense US-China relations during the Trump and Biden administrations and assesses the need for having engagement on the menu in managing these relations going forward. Strongly recommended.”

Dali Yang, University of Chicago

At a time of war, pandemics, and climate change, positive US-China relations are essential. This book proposes deep engagement between these superpowers and defines a US policy of competitive coexistence. Engaging China departs from mainstream analyses of US-China relations and is instead equally critical of their attachment to stereotypes and Cold War–era policies. It brings attention to deficiencies in many analyses of Chinese foreign-policy motives and intentions. It also recognizes US double standards when it comes to assessing China’s behavior, as both countries’ leaderships are operating from insecurity, but mutual engagement could reduce tensions and underscore the point that national security begins at home.

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  1. Hi Mel,

    This is an important book, but I’ll have to wait until my return
    (probably this winter) to read it. Judging the book by its cover, your
    policy of competitive coexistence is pragmatism at its best–exactly the
    sort of medicine Chinese prefer, and what should be taken in large doses
    by war-mongering powers at large in Washington.



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