Journal of Northeast Asian Studies

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 41–59 | Cite as

The politics of U.S. most-favored-nation treatment to China: The cases of 1979 and 1990

  • Qingshan Tan


This article seeks to analyze U.S. interests in granting China the most-favored-nation status in 1979 and the present situation regarding the extension of such status. It argues that while the change and continuity in U.S.-China policy interests and objectives may still guide U.S. decision makers, what happened in Beijing last spring has given rise to a formidable congressional coalition among liberals, conservatives, and protectionists in opposing MFN treatment to China. The final outcome will depend largely on the degree of presidential readiness to defend his China policy and on whether the president is able to prevent the congressional overriding of the presidential veto.


Foreign Policy Trade Agreement Economic Relation Northeast ASIAN Study Trade Negotiation 
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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Qingshan Tan
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  1. 1.Cleveland State UniversityUSA

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