Essay: RETHINKING U.S. CHINA POLICY

RETHINKING U.S CHINA POLICY

FOR the past two decades, since Mao Tse-tung seized control of nearly one-quarter of the human race, the U.S. has done its best to quarantine Communist China. The policy began with nonrecognition, based partly on moral disapproval of the Communist takeover. It was later stiffened with "containment," a strategy designed both to weaken the regime and to keep the Chinese from overrunning their neighbors. Despite a long tradition of U.S. sympathy for China, most Americans have regarded the quarantine as all the more prudent since China exploded its first nuclear...

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