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The Maturity Of Chinese Diplomacy As Seen In The Evolution Of Sino-American Relations

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In the past 30 years, Sino-American relations roughly underwent three stages. During the first stage, from 1979 to May 1989, the two countries established diplomatic relations and bilateral relations developed fairly steadily; the second stage, from June 1989 to July 2001, saw fluctuations and even significant rises and falls in bilateral relations; and the third stage, from July 2001 up to the present, witnessed comprehensive progress in constructive cooperative relationship between the two countries. The national interests of a country determine its foreign policy. Generally, a nation's vital interests consist of sovereignty and territorial integrity. In the context of relations with the United States, Taiwan is of vital interests to China. Over the past thirty years, from a general perspective, as strategic and economic mutual dependence deepen between the two countries Sino- American relations have been advancing continuously.

Keywords: Chinese diplomacy; Sino-american relations; sovereignty; Taiwan; territorial integrity



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