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Road to Rapprochement: Establishment of the 1972 United States’ Visit to the People’s Republic of China through the Pakistani Channel

Sunwoo Vivian Lee ()

Global Politics Review, 2016, vol. 2, issue 2, 58-73

Abstract: This short paper examines President Nixon’s approach to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) using Pakistan as the channel of communication during Nixon’s early years of presidency. The paper first explores the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations’ attitudes towards the PRC then discusses Pakistan’s relationship and position between the United States and the PRC between the first and second IndoPakistani War. With the introduction of Nixon’s “grand objective” to bring Communist China inwards, Nixon’s efforts to establish formal relations with the PRC is highlighted. This effort later contributed to the US-PRC normalization on January 1, 1979, through the Joint Communiqué.

Keywords: rapprochement; Nixon; normalization; Pakistan; communication channel; grand objective. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Y8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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