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Communist Chinese Strategy Toward South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan (An Appraisal -- 1965)

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The history of relations between Communist China and the rest of the world over the past two decades has been one of almost continuous conflict in either the physical or the political arena. This seems to reflect the more than a century of experience that has perhaps convinced Pekings leaders of the effectiveness of political and physical power as the supreme arbiter in international relations. This sovereign state has seen its territory traded as a pawn among the great powers of the world twice during the past fifty years, first at Versailles and again at Yalta. China, whose destiny for a hundred years was shaped by outsiders, has suddenly become a nation whose influence is felt on every continent. For the first time in modern history, China is effectively projecting her incipient power and demonstrating her power potential as a factor in international affairs. As China continues to develop her nuclear arsenal, she adds to her status as a world power-without whose cooperation or collaboration few of the decisive problems of our era could be solved. In spite of this, China has not achieved a success in the international arena comparable to her status as a growing world power. Several factors mitigate against her as, like a stumbling giant, she seeks to take her place on the world scene. There are few who would attempt to deny China her sovereignty, but each of her neighbors in the world community has a right to expect that she conduct herself in accordance with practices generally accepted among civilized nations. This, China has been unable to do as she flails around the international arena blinded by the centuries. She has a limited view of the modern world community and a dearth of experience in applying economic theory to problems brought about by modern economic realities. This study evaluates China and her relationships with South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan--not in isolation but as a part of the world in which China must either grow and prosper as an internati

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