Ma Ngok got his Ph.D in Political Science at UCLA. He has previously taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is now Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include parties and elections in Hong Kong, social movement and state-society relations in Hong Kong, East European transformation, elections, and democratization. His most recent book was Political Consequences of Electoral Laws: The Experience of the Hong Kong Proportional Representation System.
During the post-Cold War period in particular, the Sino-U.S. relationship has evolved in a radically changing international environment, marked by a power transition inherent in China's rise. The development of official relations between Washington and Beijing during the Cold War occurred in the shadow of an assertive Soviet power, when the United States and China were able to find common geopolitical ground in opposing Soviet expansion while overlooking longstanding political disagreements. The dissolution of the Soviet empire, however, put the United States and China on a new geostrategic footing. Political disagreements were no longer exempted in light of a counter-Soviet strategy, and the reduction in concern for the Soviet threat allowed policymakers in Washington to more aggressively pursue trade interests that conflicted with those of China. Given this international context, this book aims to discern how Congress reconciled competing Sino-U.S. interests in a post-Cold War era, when external threats no longer dictated an apparent hierarchy that favored China over the Soviet Union.
This work will be of interest to students and scholars of US foreign policy, China Studies and international relations in general.