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Erschienen in: Journal of Chinese Political Science 3/2022

09.08.2021 | Research Article

Sino-U.S. Decoupling: The Roles of U.S. Congress

verfasst von: Baogang Guo

Erschienen in: Journal of Chinese Political Science | Ausgabe 3/2022

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Abstract

The Sino-U.S. relations tumbled during the Trump Administration. The talk of decoupling permeated the decision-making circle in Washington D.C. Many factors have contributed to the free fall. The roles Congress has played are undoubtedly one of them. Based on the new institutionalist approach, this study provides three analyses of recent China-related legislative activities. First, the historical analysis of legislative data illustrates a surge in congressional activism on China-related legislative activities. Second, the content analysis reveals some of the triggers in the deterioration of bilateral relations in recent years. Third, the political analysis of the critical congressional players and the structures and procedures Congress created provides some insight into the domestic and political logic of the congressional crusade against China. Finally, the paper ends with assessing the impact of the surge in Congressional activism on the new Biden Administration.

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Fußnoten
1
The result of the data query from Congress.gov is not always consistent. A key word search sometime can produce a slightly different result in terms of the number of legislative items associate with that search string. But the variance is not too big and does not have significant impact of the accuracy on the trendlines presented in all charts presented in this research.
 
2
In coding the data set, we put the relevant resolutions that call for noncooperation, condemnation, or accusation in the negative category, and put resolutions that calls for cooperation, constructive dialogs, and recognition into the positive category. A call for supporting Hong Kong’s autonomy in 2020 will be classified as negative since it is a direct confrontation with PRC over its controversial HKNSL.
 
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Metadaten
Titel
Sino-U.S. Decoupling: The Roles of U.S. Congress
verfasst von
Baogang Guo
Publikationsdatum
09.08.2021
Verlag
Springer Netherlands
Erschienen in
Journal of Chinese Political Science / Ausgabe 3/2022
Print ISSN: 1080-6954
Elektronische ISSN: 1874-6357
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-021-09752-5

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