Pos 4931 U. S. Chinese Relations Spring 2013

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POS 4931

U.S.-Chinese Relations

Spring 2013
Instructor: Chi-hung Wei

Office: Anderson Hall 321

Phone: 352-273-2394

Email: chwei@ufl.edu

Course Time: Tuesday 5-6 (11:45am-1:40pm) and Thursday 6 (12:50pm-1:40pm)

Course place: MAT 18

Office Hours: Tuesday (1:40pm-2:30 pm) and Thursday (1:40pm-2:30pm)
Course Objectives
This course will examine U.S.-China relations and Chinese foreign policy. It counts toward the program of the IR certificate if you are pursuing one. It will also be helpful for students considering doing senior honor theses or going to graduate school in the social sciences in general and China studies in particular. Before the spring break, we will primarily discuss the historical backdrop before the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, including the Chinese tribute system, the Chinese treaty system following the Opium War, the U.S. policy of Open Door, and U.S. relations with Communist China. Shortly before the spring break, we will begin a number of contemporary topics, including U.S. China policy after Tiananmen, China’s WTO accession, the rise of China, China’s use of force in territorial disputes, relations between China and Taiwan, Chinese soft power, U.S.-China economic relations, and Chinese economic statecraft in Asia.
There is only one required textbook:
Warren I. Cohen, America’s Response to China, fifth edition, New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.
There are additional readings, including book chapters and journal articles. Book chapters, in PDF, are placed on poliscicourse@gmail.com for you to download, while it is the student’s responsibility to locate journal papers via the library’s website or the internet. Readings may be added or deleted as we proceed during the semester.
Course Requirements
Research paper: Students will develop an original research paper over the course of the semester. It can be about U.S.-China relations or Chinese foreign policy in general or toward a country or a region (for example, Japan). But it CANNOT be about U.S. foreign policy toward countries other than China. You can choose any time periods, from imperial China to the present, for your research. Topics about Chinese domestic politics are also acceptable.
The first step toward your final paper is to write a 1-2 page proposal stating the puzzle you wish to answer, which can be summarized in a single question. The other details in the proposal should explain why this is a puzzle and how you might research it. To come up with a research puzzle, you can refer to academic journals (e.g. China Quarterly, China Journal, Journal of Contemporary China, International Security, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Perspectives, Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Asian Studies, and so on). Your proposal is due on January 29. After submitting your proposal, you cannot change your research topics without my approval. You should talk to me about your thoughts on your paper at least once in person during my office hours.
The second step is to provide a preliminary bibliography of 12-15 scholarly works that will likely be discussed in your final paper. Also include a brief (1-2 sentences) description of why each one may be useful for your final paper. This assignment is intended to make sure you are off to a good start in finding sources. It is due on February 26.
The third step is to write a 7-9 page literature review on your research question. You should address what approaches or perspectives have been used by the literature. You should also address their strengths and weaknesses. Finally, you explain what approach or perspective you will use and why. The literature review, after revision, should be a part of your final paper. It is due on March 28.
The body of your final paper should be no more than 20 double-spaced pages, in twelve-point font, with one-inch margins, including tables and footnotes (but not bibliography). Please use the parenthetical citation style that is standard in political science. Your final paper is due Friday, April 26 at 11:00 am, in my office.
Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of two points (that is, two percent of the total grade for the course) per day. Deadline extensions will be granted only under special circumstances and only if requested prior to the deadline.
Attendance and participation: Attendance will be taken randomly, with an attendance sheet passed around for you to sign. Your grade will be reduced by 0.5 points off your final grade for each absence. Absences will be excused only when you have a documented medical excuse or non-medical emergency. You are also expected to participate in class discussions. 15 percent of your final grade will be based on your participation (only participation, not including attendance). You are expected to read all of the assigned materials before coming to class.
Grades: The breakdown of the final grade for the course is as follows:

Research proposal 10% (pass-fail)

Bibliography 10% (pass-fail)

Literature review 25%

Final paper 40%

Participation 15%

Letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
A 93-100 points C 73-76

A- 90-92 C- 70-72

B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69

B 83-86 D 63-66

B- 80-82 D- 60-62

C+ 77-79 E Below 60

Students requesting classroom accommodations for disabilities must register with the Dean of Students Office and provide documentation from this office. All students are required to abide by the University’s Academic Honesty Guidelines, which are available at http://www.dso.ufl.edu/judicial/academic/php

Course Schedule


January 8 (T)

Course overview

January 10

Andrew J. Nathan and Robert S. Ross, “Chapter 1: China’s Place in the World,” in The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress: China’s Search for Security, pp. 3-18.

Chinese Culture: Defensive or Offensive?

January 15 (T)

Nathan and Ross, “Chapter 2: Legacies,” pp. 19-34.

Alastair Iain Johnston, “Chapter 3: Chinese Strategic Culture and the Parabellum Paradigm,” in Cultural Realism: Strategic Culture and Grand Strategy in Chinese History, pp. 22-31, 61-108. You can skip pp. 73-93.

January 17

Chinese Strategic Culture continued.

The Chinese Tribute System

January 22 (T)

John K. Fairbank, “A Preliminary Framework,” in John K. Fairbank (eds.), The Chinese World Order: Traditional China’s Foreign Relations, pp. 1-19.

Mark Mancall, “The Ch’ing Tribute System: An Interpretative Essay,” in Fairbank (eds.), The Chinese World Order, pp. 63-89.

January 24

John E. Wills, Jr., “Ch’ing Relations with the Dutch,” in Fairbank (eds.), The Chinese World Order, pp. 225-256.

Partition of China

January 29 (T)

Movie: The Last Emperor

Research proposal due.

January 31

Cohen, Prologue and Chapter 1.

The United States and Open Door

February 5 (T)

Cohen, Chapter 2.

February 7

Cohen, Chapter 3.

Communism in China

February 12 (T)

Cohen, Chapter 6.

February 14

Cohen, Chapter 7.

U.S.-China Rapprochement

February 19 (T)

Cohen, Chapter 8.

February 21

Richard Madsen, “Chapter 3, Nixon’s China: Propaganda of a Liberal Myth,” in China and the American Dream: A Moral Inquiry, pp. 59-85.

After Tiananmen: From Sanctions to Engagement

February 26 (T)

Film: The Tank Man

Bibliography due.

February 28

Cohen, Chapter 9.

March 5 (T)

Spring break

March 7

Spring break

March 12 (T)

Harry Harding, “The Debate over America’s Policy toward China 1989-1997,” in Gungwu Wang and John Wong (eds.), China’s Political Economy, pp. 277-290.

Margaret M. Pearson, “The Case of China’s Accession to GATT/TWO,” in David M. Lampton (eds.), The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform, 1978-2000, pp. 337-370.

March 14

The Case of China’s Accession to GATT/TWO continued.

The Rise of China: Fact and Theory

March 19 (T)

Cohen, Chapter 10.

Aaron L. Friedberg, “The Future of U.S.-China Relations: Is Conflict Inevitable?” International Security, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Autumn, 2005), pp. 7-45.

March 21

The Future of U.S.-China Relations continued.

China’s Use of Force in Territorial Disputes

March 26 (T)

M. Taylor Fravel, “Power Shifts and Escalation: Explaining China’s Use of Force in Territorial Disputes,” International Security, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Winter 2007/2008), pp. 44-83.

M. Taylor Fravel, “Regime Insecurity and International Cooperation: Explaining China’s Compromises in Territorial Disputes,” International Security, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Fall 2005), pp. 46-83.

March 28

Erica Strecker Downs and Phillip C. Saunders, “Legitimacy and the Limits of Nationalism: China and the Diaoyu Islands,” International Security, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Winter 1998-1999), pp. 114-146.

Literature Review due

China and Taiwan

April 2 (T)

Nathan and Ross, pp. 203-225.

Susan L. Shirk, “Chapter 7: Taiwan: A Question of Regime Survival,” in China: Fragile Superpower, pp. 181-211.

April 4

No class, ISA Annual Convention.

April 9 (T)

Movie: The Soong Sisters

Chinese Soft Power?

April 11

Bonnie S. Glaser and Melissa Murphy, “Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics: The Ongoing Debate,” in Chinese Soft Power and Its Implications for the United States, pp. 10-26.

U.S.-China Economic Relations: Chimerica?

April 16 (T)

Ted C. Fishman, “Introduction: The World Shrinks as China Grows,” in China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, pp. 1-17.

Niall Ferguson, “Chapter 6, From Empire to Chimerica,” in The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, pp. 283-340.

April 18

Daniel W. Drezner. “Bad Debts: Assessing China’s Financial Influence in Great Power Politics,” International Security, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Fall 2009), pp. 7-45.

Chinese Economic Statecraft in Asia

April 23 (T)

Ellen L. Frost, “China’s Commercial Diplomacy in Asia: Promise or Threat?” in William W. Keller and Thomas G. Rawski (eds.), China’s Rise and the Balance of Influence in Asia, pp. 95-117.

April 25

No class. Reading day

April 26 (Friday)

Final paper due

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