The “Kissinger Complex”

Peter Hays Gries

in China's New Nationalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780520232976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931947 | DOI:
The “Kissinger Complex”

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This chapter focuses on China's so-called Kissinger complex. It discusses former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's “China complex” and Chinese nationalists' Kissinger complex, which causes them to praise high-status foreigners who trumpet China's rise while downplaying its flaws. The chapter shows how narratives of Sino-American relations fit into larger narratives of Chinese national identity and argues that Chinese writings about Sino-American relations have clung to the old victor narrative of heroic Chinese resistance because of insecurity about American power.

Keywords: Kissinger complex; Henry Kissinger; China complex; Chinese nationalists; Sino-American relations; national identity; American power

Chapter.  5596 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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