Progress and Promise

Jussi Hanhimäki

in The Flawed Architect

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849994 | DOI:
Progress and Promise

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This chapter illustrates Kissinger's growing interest in an opening to China as a result of what he saw as the compensating gains that such a move would bring the United States. Kissinger knew that his ability to play the triangular game greatly depended on China's willingness to engage with the United States. The potential opening of China to the United States as a counterweight to the USSR was a controversial issue and, as is seen in this chapter, had sent mixed signals to Washington throughout early 1969. Prior to 1969, the People's Republic of China (PRC) considered America as a major threat to them. However, the armed conflict with the Soviets radically changed Chinese priorities. Among the main topics that are addressed in this chapter are the struggle for conciliation between the PRC and the USSR and the apparent diplomatic concession obtained, operation Duck Hook orchestrated by Kissinger against North Vietnam, and the Warsaw meetings

Keywords: USSR; People's Republic of China; North Vietnam; operation Duck Hook; Washington; triangular game; Warsaw meetings

Chapter.  6205 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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