Journal of Northeast Asian Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 3–23 | Cite as

The crisis in U.S.-China policy, 1991: The role of congress

  • Robert G. Sutter


The history of U.S. government decisionmaking on China policy since the June 1989 Tiananmen incident shows several episodes of dramatic confrontation between President Bush and his supporters in the administration and the Congress, and large numbers of congressional members of both parties critical of the administration’s China policy. Up to the present, 1991 clearly marked the highwater mark in the ongoing U.S. policy debate. In general terms, the debate went through three distinct stages in 1991, with the crisis coming during critical votes on conditional MFN legislation in July. At year’s end, all sides in the debate anticipated continued strong congressional criticism of Chinese practices and Bush administration policy, but critics seemed unable to make substantial inroads among those senators who supported the Bush administration’s stance, assuring continued MFN trade treatment for China.


Bush Administration Northeast ASIAN Study Much Favored Nation Ballistic Missile China Policy 


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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert G. Sutter
    • 1
  1. 1.the Congressional Research ServiceUSA

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