Balancing Conflicting Security Interests: U.S. Defense Exports to China in the Last Decade of the Cold War

  title={Balancing Conflicting Security Interests: U.S. Defense Exports to China in the Last Decade of the Cold War},
  author={Hugo Meijer},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • Hugo Meijer
  • Published 19 March 2015
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
This article discusses the rationale and evolution of U.S. defense exports to the People's Republic of China (PRC) during the final decade of the Cold War. The article is based on a large body of primary sources, including newly declassified documents, congressional hearings, and interviews with key officials. It shows that, contrary to what is often assumed in the literature, U.S. officials’ assessments of the optimal degree of defense cooperation with Beijing did not result solely from the… 
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