Problems of Misperception in U.S.-China Relations

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China's relations with the West deteriorated dramatically following the Tibet and Olympic torch relay controversies in the spring of 2008. Because of its focus on the balance of material power, realist International Relations theory can do little to help us understand such developments. Instead, it is the political psychology of international relations that provides the most leverage on the role that misperceptions play in generating mistrust and insecurity in U.S.-China relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-232
Number of pages13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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