Transcending Thucydides Trap: Can Chinese and American dreams overlap?
Today, Multi-polarization and globalization are the main trends of development in the world. As main world powers both US. and China have the duty to promote the world development. Four decades of experience and lessons in Sino-US relations have shown that co-operations can bring benefits for both sides, while conflicts result in bilateral failure. Though there are some disagreements in trade field, the only right way is to communicate and seek common points while reserving difference. Therefore it’s important to exchange ideas at every level between China and USA. Doctor Quanyi Zhang’s book "Transcending Thucydides Trap: Can Chinese and American dreams overlap? probing onto Sino-US strategic culture , discourse and psychology" was published at the right time which can open a window for the western people to know exactly the Sino-US relations. This book explores the history of Sino-US relations in different angles with the stuctures of anthropology, sociology and general evolution. It elaborates some conceptual and stuctural elements which influence the Sino-US relations. It also raises the possibility of building a new model of major-country relationship between China and the United States. And it tries to interpret the formation mechanism of the community of common destiny for all mankind. The book is divided into three parts. The first part demonstrates the historical conflicts between China and the United States; the second part attempts to interpret their differences and similarities from the perspective of concept, institution and psychology, as well as their respective advantages in ideology and social system and their compatiblity; the third part illustrates the inevitable tendency of world state formation from the angle of evolution with a suggestion that both China and the United States transcend differences to promote the formation of a community of shared future for mankind or world state. The book, with a broad vision and unique perspective, not only integrates the rich contents of Sino-U.S. history constructively, but also adhere to the "value neutral" academic position and calmly analyze the gap of Sino-US relations. It has put forward the possibility of reconciling the american dream with the chinese dream in conflict and coexistence.