James M. Lindsay

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Lessons Learned: Nixon in China

by James M. Lindsay
February 15, 2012


A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China from February 21-28, 1972, and examine what lessons it has for understanding international relations today.

I hope you enjoy it.

If you’d like to know more about Nixon’s trip to China or the history of U.S.-China relations, check out these books:

Warren I. Cohen, America’s Response to China: A History of Sino-American Relations, 5th ed. (2010)

Margaret MacMillan, Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World. (2008)

James Mann, About Face: A History of America’s Curious Relationship with China, from Nixon to Clinton. (2000)

Patrick Tyler, A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China. (2000)

Yafeng Xia, Negotiating with the Enemy: U.S.-China Talks During the Cold War, 1949-1972. (2006)

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  • Posted by Hasan Akbar

    Diplomacy against Iran is isolating it and making the threat of war more imminent for it. Its just sticks that US is using against Iran. Pushing it in a blind alley where the only option it has is to go nuclear. US diplomacy against Iran is a failure as it has not bring any tangible results. All US efforts will become 0 when Iran will test its nuclear weapon. I don’t think that traditional concept of diplomacy would work against a country which is pursuing policies that are based on religion. Iran has learned from Iraq it will never surrender. It will emerge as North Korea of the Middle East.

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