China’s Rise and Sino-American Relations
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This chapter looks at the patterning of presidential rhetoric in the last several campaigns to see if there is anything inherently xenophobic or anti-Chinese in that cyclical dynamic. It reviews Barack Hussein Obama's campaign rhetoric, or rather the small proportion that has been devoted to China, to ascertain his publicly declared intentions vis-à-vis China policy. China first became involved as the implicit target in the 1960 electoral campaign, when Jack Kennedy assailed the Eisenhower-Nixon administration for jeopardizing the security of 'Quemoy and Matsu'. American China policy was left relatively unaffected by the 2008 campaign. More dangerous from China's perspective was Obama's position on trade. He advocated a value-based international trade system, urging negotiations with the European Union. A nicely balanced relationship with Japan and China soon gave way to a negative balance of deteriorating relations with both, while in South Asia New Delhi was discountenanced by the China-centric routing of the Clinton and Obama trips.