Supplemental Resources

China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response

China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response focuses attention on the United States' evolving relationship with China. Students explore the history of Western relations with China and consider the global impact of China's economic growth, societal transformation, and increasing international involvement.

Online Resources from the Choices Program

Graphic Organizers

Slideshow of China Map

Slideshow of Images
For use with the lesson “Looking at China.”

Slideshow of Graphs
For the lesson “Cross-Strait Relations.”

Xu Wenli and the China Democracy Party
Students explore the topic of political prisoners and watch videos of Xu Wenli, a Chinese dissident and democracy advocate. Xu describes his time in prison and the democracy movement in China.

The Umbrella Movement: Protests in Hong Kong
Students analyze photographs of the 2014 protests in Hong Kong and explore symbols and messages that protesters used to express their views.

Looking at the Tank Man: The 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen
On June 4, 1989, government troops killed hundreds and injured thousands more in a crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. In this, free one-day lesson, students analyze an image from June 5, 1989 from multiple perspectives and consider the effect that censorship can have on the understanding of an event.

Videos featuring experts—professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists—answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.

This short video is for use with the lesson—"Art and Politics: Ai Weiwei."

Primary Documents

Treaty of Amity and Commerce

Open Door Note

Three Joint-Communiques

Xi and Obama Speeches, 2015

Web Links

Columbia University: Asia for Educators

Council on Foreign Relations Timeline: U.S. Relations with China

PBS: China from the Inside

The New York Times: China Page

Asia Society: ChinaFile

The New York Times: Sinosphere


Cohen, Warren I. America's Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010). 344 pages.

Hua, Yu and Barr. Allan H. China in Ten Words (Pantheon, 2011). 240 pages.

Osnos, Evan. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015). 416 pages.

Schell, Orville and Delury. John. Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century (New York, NY: Random House, 2013). 496 pages.

Shambaugh, David. China Goes Global: The Partial Power (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). 432 pages.

Spence, Jonathan D. The Search for Modern China (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2001). 747 pages.

Steinfeld, Edward S. Playing Our Game: Why China’s Rise Doesn’t Threaten the West (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010). 280 pages.

Vogel, Ezra F. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011). 876 pages.