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The Worst Hour: Angola and East Timor

Jussi Hanhimäki

in The Flawed Architect

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849994 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172218.003.0018
The Worst Hour: Angola and East Timor

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The liaison office chief of the People's Republic of China, Huang Chen, deemed that the collapse of Saigon was a result of a very passive approach of the Americans toward the USSR. Consequently, on the next meeting of the two, Kissinger promised that the United States would “organize … barriers to Soviet expansionism”. The question that remains, however, is how these “barriers” will be applied. In this context, two Portuguese colonies merit special attention: Angola and East Timor. This chapter illustrates how these two countries became prime examples of how Kissinger's overall foreign policy outlook, when applied to complex regional crises, not only contributed to the havoc in those regions, but also to the demise of his entire foreign policy architecture. As a result, he manifestly proved his incapability of organizing the “barrier” he was looking for.

Keywords: Huang Chen; Saigon; USSR; United States; Angola; East Timor; Kissinger; Soviet expansionism

Chapter.  13150 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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