Beautiful Imperialist
China Perceives America, 1972-1990
David Shambaugh


From President Nixon's historic visit to China in 1972 to the aftermath of the Tiananmen tragedy, this book examines the changing perceptions of the United States articulated by China's "America Watchers," whose occupation is to interpret the "beautiful imperialist" for China's elite and public. While other studies have looked at the behavioral history of U.S.-China relations, this is the first to probe the perceptual dimension.

David Shambaugh is a Lecturer in Chinese politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and editor of The China Quarterly.