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Zhou on Sino-U.S. Relations

Jinghao Zhou, associate  professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, had a guest essay published in Asia Times on April 14, titled “U.S.-China rivalry still a mismatch.” The article begins, “Over the past decade or so, the ‘China threat’ theory has spread throughout the West, despite Beijing’s repeated pledges that China’s rise will be peaceful.

Now, as China replaces Japan as the world’s second-largest economy behind the United Sates, fears arise that U.S. dominance is being challenged. So much so that observers say Washington is preparing for a long cold war with China by strengthening its ground and air power in Asia.”

Zhou argues that  it is not constructive to Sino-U.S. relations, if Washington bases its China policy on the  “China threat” hypothesis.  Thus, it is necessary to clarify whether China’s rise really poses a challenge to U.S. dominance.  Zhou argues that a rising China poses no threat to the U.S. and West through five perspectives.

Joining the faculty in 2001, Zhou teaches contemporary China. In March 2010, he was invited by China Social Sciences to give recommendations on China’s political reform for  the Conference of China’s National People’s Congress.

He is the author of the  three books “Remaking China’s Public Philosophy for the Twenty-first Century” (Praeger 2003), “Remaking China’s Public Philosophy and Chinese Women’s Liberation: The Volatile Mixing of Confucianism, Marxism, and Feminism” (Edwin Mellen Press 2006), and China’s Peaceful Rise in a Global Context: A Domestic Aspect of China’s Road Map to Democratization (Lexington Book, 2010). 

The full article is available online.