EASTASN 70SI: Facing US-China Relations, Winter 2006-7

Course Title: Facing U.S.-China Relations
Number of Units Offered: 2 (C/NC ACT) 
Name of Faculty Sponsor: Professor Chao Fen Sun
Department of Faculty Sponsor: CEAS
Email of Faculty Sponsor: cfsun@stanford.edu

Projected Class Size (maximum 20): 15

Class Goals:

  • Expose students a range of both academic and popular views on important U.S.-China issues
  • Develop student awareness of on-campus resources addressing these issues

Every week we will attempt to answer a topic-based question as comprehensively as possible. This will be achieved by guest lectures from professors and two sets of readings every week: academic papers from peer-reviewed journals and current news articles.


Syllabus (Updated 01/26)

A "Satisfactory" grade in the class will be based on:

  • Consistent class attendance
  • Participation in class discussion
  • Attending at least one China department seminar
  • Two-page policy paper on a topic discussed during class
  • Final, in-class presentation of policy paper

Class Attendance and Participation
Regular and punctual attendance. Class members are expected to submit a discussion question to the class e-mail list (see below) by 5pm on Tuesdays.

China Department Seminars
Over the quarter, you must attend at least one China department seminar. Please email Will and Claire when you have attended one of these seminars. We will highlight China seminars of particular interest to US-China relations on this site in as timely a manner as possible, but the list is not comprehensive.

01/17/07, 12:00-13:30, Encina 3F, United States Relations with China with Evans Revere.

01/18/07, 12:00-13:30, Encina 3F, The Struggle Across the Taiwan Strait. RSVP by 5pm 01/17. CDDRL.

01/18/07, 16:15-17:30, Encina 3F, China's Year of Decision with Prof. Alice Lyman Miller. APARC/CEAS.

January 25 (Thursday) 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Barry Naughton, Professor of Chinese Economy, University of California, San Diego
"China's Left Turn: Where Will Economic Policy Lead in 2007-2008?"
Location: Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor (APARC/CEAS)

More to come!

Final Presentation and PaperTips for writing your policy paper! (.pdf.doc
The final project will be two-fold. Students will be asked to put together a two-page policy paper . The policy paper may address any of the topics covered during the course and will be presented during the final class session. These papers will then be collected and presented to FACES delegates as recommendations for the conference simulation.

Class will be approximately one hour and thirty minutes long, once a week.  The first 30-45 minutes will be taught by a FACES officer planning an event for the spring on-campus conference, followed by 45 minutes of discussion.

Class Email List
The class email list is eastasn70si@lists.stanford.edu. If you would like to be notified of updates to this webpage, or to the class, you can subscribe to the class email list at Mailman.


Week 1: Introduction

Syllabus (above)

Week 2: Media and Journalism

Guest Professor: Thomas Mullaney, History Department

Reading*: Media, Market, and Democracy in China by Yuezhi Zhao.

*WEEK 2 READING SPECIAL: You are responsible for reading just one chapter of this book. You can pick up the reading at Haus Mitt, in front of room 317, or at Mirrielees, in front of room 238.

Week 3: Security Issues

Academic Reading 
"China's 'Peaceful Rise' to Great-Power Status" by Zheng Bijian. Foreign Affairs, Sep/Oct 2005.

"Is China a Status Quo Power?" by Alastair Iain Johnston. International Security, Spring 2003.

"China and America: Power and Responsibility" Speech given by Robert B. Zoellick at the Asia Society, Feb 25 2004.

News Articles
"Coming over the horizonEconomist, Jan 4 2007.

"U.S.: China's military seems 'outsized'" AP, Jan 17 2007.

"North Korea and U.S. Envoys Meet in Berlin"by Mark Landler and Thom Shanker, New York Times, Jan 17 2007.

Week 4: Government in China

Academic Reading

Chapter 22, "Reopening the Doors" of The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence, 1990. 
Access requires Stanford Affiliation: [text (.pdf, 26.2 mb), images (.jpg, dir)]

Week 5: Taiwan

Academic Reading

The Struggle Across the Taiwan Strait: The Divided China Problem by Ramon H. Myers, Jialin Zhang, 2006. 
Access requires Stanford Affiliation: [Chapters 1-3Chapters 4-5Chapters 6-7Appendix]

Week 6: Energy

Academic Reading

China's Search for Energy Security: Implications for U.S. Policy by Kenneth Lieberthal and Mikkal Herberg. NBR Analysis, Vol. 17 No. 1. National Bureau of Asian Research, April 2006.

News Articles
"Some Thoughts on China's Energy Development Strategy" Shi Dinghuan. Vital Speeches of the Day. New York: Dec 15, 2003.Vol.70, Iss. 5; pg. 130

"Reactors? We'll Take Thirty, Please" Brian Bremner and Chester Dawson (and more!). BusinessWeek. October 3, 2005.

"China Says Rich Countries Should Take Lead on Global Warming" Jim Yardley. New York Times. Feb 7, 2007.

Week 7: Ethnic Minorities in China

Guest Lecture, Professor Mullaney. No Reading! Good luck on midterms!


Week 8: Business

Primary Reference:

2006 Top-to-Bottom Review of U.S.-China Trade Relations. Published by the United States Trade Representative. If link expires, report is accessible through the USTR site on China.

Also recommended: Remarks by USTR Portman at the China Top-to-Bottom Review Announcement, Feb 14 2006. You may find these a little easier to read than the official report. (It's also much more entertaining to see how he addresses and frames questions from the media.)