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Lotfi DDI GT 08 Pan links China Security links The discourse of fear associated with exerts enormous influence on US policy resulting in the domination of the manager over the managed Chengxin Pan, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Faculty of Arts, Australian National University”, 2004, “The ‘China Threat’ in American Self-Imagination: The Discursive Construction of Other as Power Politics” Containing China is of course not the only option arising from the "China threat" literature. More often than not, there is a subtle, business-style "crisis management" policy . For example, Bernstein and Munro shy away from the word containment, preferring to call their China policy management.^^ Yet, what remains unchanged in the management formula is a continued promotion of controlling China . For instance, a perusal of Bernstein and Munro's texts reveals that what they mean by management is no different than Krauthammer's explicit containment stance.™ By framing U.S.- China relations as an issue of "crisis management," they leave little doubt of who is the "manager" and who is to be "managed. " In a more straightforward manner, Betts and Christensen state that coercion and war must be part and parcel of the China management policy: 320 The "China Threat" in American Self-Imagination In addressing the China challenge, the United States needs to think hard ahout three related questions: first, how to avoid crises and war through prudent, coercive diplomacy; second, how to manage crises and fight a war if the avoidance effort fails; third, how to end crises and terminate war at costs acceptable to the United States and its allies.^^ This is not to imply that the kind of perspectives outlined above will automatically be translated into actual China policy, but one does not have to be exceedingly perceptive to note that the "China threat" perspective does exert enormous influence on U.S. policy making on China. To illustrate this point, I want now to examine some specific implications of U.S. representations of the "China threat" for U.S.-China relations in relation to the 1995-1996 Taiwan Strait missile crisis and the "spy plane" incident of 2001. The continued discourse results in a self-fulfilling prophecy Chengxin Pan , Department of Political Science and International Relations, Faculty of Arts, Australian National University”, 2004 , “The ‘China Threat’ in American Self-Imagination: The Discursive Construction of Other as Power Politics” Thus, even in the face of such a potentially explosive incident,
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