Foreign Statesmen and their Statecraft
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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Chinas opening to the United States in 1972 constituted one of those great contradictions of history that Karl Marx would doubtless have enjoyed analyzing from his quiet vantage point in the British Museum. The Chinese move violated every notion of what should have been in the national interest according to Marxist theory. With the birthplace of communism directly to the north, North Korea firmly in the communist camp and Vietnam putting up staunch resistance to American armed forces, China should have been pleased with the progress made by the international proletariat -in Asia. Instead, in most un-Marxist fashion, Chinas border with Russia was a source of fear and hostility for both states rather than fraternal cooperation. In addition, Beijing viewed with increasing concern the success of the Hanoi government and the U.S.S.R.s ever greater military involvement in Vietnam. What should, in principle, have been welcomed as the spread of international revolutionary fervor was, in fact, seen as an effort by the Soviets to promote regional hegemony.
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