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50 years after Nixon visit, U.S.-China ties as fraught as ever


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Nixon. How I miss him. I am not a crook. I think he wrote that song in the 70's?

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Inevitable, given that even in 1972 one power had already passed its peak and was on the down slide and the other was just beginning it's ascent.

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America worries that the democratic-led world that triumphed over the Soviet Union could be challenged by the authoritarian model of a powerful and still-rising China.

The central problem of the next decade. Singapore and China are showing that authoritarian guided capitalism can be a more stable and functional (for a slightly larger segment of the population) model than an ostensibly free market democratic model.

These two poles are setting up a false dichotomy neither of which would be a great benefit to the populace as a whole.

Unfortunately outside of some European nations there is no democratic socialist power.

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Since both sides have more pride than ability to communicate, it's not really surprising is it?

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Well, not all ties are "frayed"....

There are some US businessmen who still retain excellent relations with their Chinese counterparts and send them millions of dollars in clothing contracts each year....

One businessman in particular also has a fondness for stealing Top Secret information....

Makes one wonder if those two things are linked....


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For all his tragic faults, Nixon was a skilled man governing during a difficult time. And I say that as a Democrat.

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Nice photos from the archives, very illustrative and entertaining.

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Biiiiiiig mistake to recognise the CCP as the legitimate government of China. Now look what's happened.

Globalist warmongers Kissinger and Bzrezinski were the movers and shakers here; Nixon was just carrying their water as the public face.

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The biggest reason the 'democratic-led world' is falling behind the Chinese centered trade network is that the US definition of 'democratic' excludes several strong democracies, and includes a lot of repressive, antidemocratic regimes.

With a few exceptions (the UK and Canada being examples) the US centered trade network is built on the plantation/share cropper model, while the Chinese centered trade network is being built on the high street model.

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This is what happens with greed. America spent billions on billions leading the world in investing in China and building its trade, turning it into the worlds cheap and nasty factory copying products cheaply so they break down faster and need replacing much sooner giving greater profits.

China grew from agrarian to factory and manufacturing and became rich thanks to a never ending stream of foreign investments.

Now China has turned bully and warmonger, wanting the world to see it as the biggest and best nation in the world but unable to gain any respect due to its inability to manage relationships and very poor diplomacy skills.

The near future looks very hostile as three powers struggle for supremacy. If the US does collapse as a democracy then China and Russia will end up struggling for top position. The US drives them together and without the US, Russia and China will become classic opponents again. Russia holds a technical edge and expects to be senior partner and China because it has a much bigger economy and population expects to be senior partner.

China has ruined the relationship with America and causes nothing but trouble in its local region. Where it goes from there is anyone's guess.

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USA wanted to subjugate China and force their rules and their style of governance onto China. China said no, we're an independent country. America is NOT willing to share global power with any other nation, hence these dirty tactics to hold onto global hegemony. They may have UK,Aus and Japan wrapped round their fingers, but other countries have a bit more self-pride.

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50 years after Nixon visit, U.S.-China ties as fraught as ever

Yeah I don’t think so Ken Moritsugu of the AP. As far as investments, T-bills, debt and borrowing, imports/exports/trade, these two countries, strike that, corporations could never be closer or more tied at the hip. This article is just for the plebes to keep them all divided and distracted. The Biden family are big winners in this game.

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This article conveniently avoids mention of the US meddling in China prior to 1972 (as well as such things as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which came into being as a result of blatant racism) by focusing on post-Nixon developments.

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Nixon and Clinton sold the US to the Chinese, Biden and his son is just a final handshake! Deal done

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One of the main topics R M Nixon had at the time was to ask Chairman Mao to assist the United States of America in extracting the country from the Vietnam debacle.

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Don't blame Nixon, the Chinese were skillful in taking on a long duel. They can spent decades or centuries to beat an adversary.

50 years wasn't a very long time in the Chinese history!

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Actually, read Nixon and Mao by Margaret MacMillian. An excellent analysis of what happened before Nixon met Mao and also showed the true reasonings behind the meeting. It was more multi-faceted than just economic and Vietnam. Those two really thought alike in some respects and both had great foreign policy experts, though some people may find them suspect.

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