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Should Richard M. Nixon visit Red China? That is an interesting question to which one could offer many good reasons to both sides of the argument. However, to fully examine the decision made, one would have to look at many of the background information surrounding the voyage. This includes; Nixon's popularity with America as well as the Vietnam War, which at that time had yet to be resolved, America's relationship with the Soviet Union, America's relationship with Taiwan and the Republic of China, the relationship between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China, America's past relations with China as well as their distrust on Communism, and China's relationship with the world. After studying each of these, one can form a decision of whether Nixon should or should not go to Red China. Richard Nixon was an extremely unpopular president. This was primarily due to the war in Vietnam that he didn't even get America into. However, while he was not the one who got America into Vietnam he had the important job of getting America out, a task, which would take him four years, four years of discontent in America. Nixon had decided to invade Cambodia, which had been completely off-limits, however the Communist troops had been using it as a rest area and supply base1. While the invasion itself was a successful operation it caused havoc back in the United States. ...read more.

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American forces were helping South Korea from the invading, communist North Korean troops. China had never intended on entering into the war, however when American forces continued to get too close to their border in the intent of taking over North Korea, instead of just helping South Korea in keeping their territory. China had sent out warnings to them, not to get close and so when America got too close, Chou En-lai, the Chinese premier sent out masses of troops, which easily surrounded American and South Korean troops12. Nixon would have wanted to consider this event before going to China because it was another event in which the Americans were fighting against Communism as well as the Chinese. However, it would be good to go to China because then Nixon would be able to show the world that America was not a sore loser, that despite being brutally attacked by the Chinese they were still able to make relations and work towards peace and prosperity together. The People's Republic of China and the Republic of China had a very poor relationship ever since their split after the Cultural Revolution. The ROC got Taiwan as their mainland as well as two small islands, Quemoy and Matsu13. These two islands were very close to the mainland of PRC's China, which was a fact that had always irked Mao. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion, America should recognize the People's Republic of China. The decision would have taken a lot of consideration but all the good things that would come out of the decision would heavily out-weigh anything negative. Visiting Red China would be a big step in the right direction and would help out the United States in many ways. So despite the American hated for all things Communist an official visit to Communist China would be a very good thing to do. 1 "Vietnam Entanglement" The American Destiny. Pg 124 2 "Opposition to the Vietnam War". Wikipedia. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opposition_to_the_Vietnam_War#1968> 3 "Vietnam Entanglement" The American Destiny. Pg 124 4 "Vietnam Entanglement" The American Destiny. Pg 125 5 "The Cold War" The American Destiny. Pg 16 6 "The Cold War" The American Destiny. Pg 25 7 "Diplomacy by Slogan" The American Destiny. Pg 79. 8 "Diplomacy by Slogan". The American Destiny. Pg 79 9 "Diplomacy by Slogan" The American Destiny. Pg 79. 10 "Confrontation in Asia" The American Destiny. Pg 42 11 "Confrontation in Asia" The American Destiny. Pg 42 13 "Diplomacy by Slogan" American Destiny. Pg 77 14 "China Joins the Third World". A Map History of Modern China. Pg 126 15 "China Joins the Third World". A Map History of Modern China. Pg 126 16 "American Anti-Communist Propaganda and the Cold War" http://www.piedmontcommunities.us/servlet/go_ProcServ/dbpage=page&GID=01304001151018296830570175&PG=01305001151019570866951676 17 "The Gradual Detents With America". A Map History of Modern China. Pg 130. 18 "American Anti-Communist Propaganda and the Cold War" http://www.piedmontcommunities.us/servlet/go_ProcServ/dbpage=page&GID=01304001151018296830570175&PG=01305001151019570866951676 2 ...read more.

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