Has the United States Abandoned the Republic of China
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CARLISLE BARRACKS
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In view of President Nixons visit to the Peoples Republic of China in 1972, and the beginning of an era of dialogue, the question arises as to whether the United States has abandoned the Republic of China. United States China policy and its impact on the United States commitment to the Republic of China is examined. Data was gathered by using a literature search covering the period since 1943. The United States has not abandoned its commitment to the Republic of China, but has supported it in word and deed. However, during the dialogue, the United States acknowledged that there is but one China with Taiwan a part of that China. It also reaffirmed its interest in a peaceful settlement by the two Chinas of the question of who should control Taiwan. The United States will continue to seek improved relations with the Peoples Republic of China as essential to world peace and must adjust its policy to include the whole area of Asia, not just Taiwan. The United States is standing firm in its commitment to the Republic of China as the search for a peaceful solution continues in the 1970s.