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Nixon Goes to China!

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Jim Hormann

on 28 January 2014

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Transcript of Nixon Goes to China!

Nixon's Decision
Born Richard Milhous Nixon January 9, 1913 Yorba Linda, California, U.S. Died April 22, 1994 (aged 81)
Political Career Pre-presidency
Republican representative and senator
After the visit
The Visit
Nixon, his wife, the secretary of state, and numerous press, visit China's highest officials. The visit overall, goes well.
Should the CIC be the chief diplomat is well? Doesn't that promote a conflict of interest? Nixon acted as the diplomat for the entire nation on his visit, every action carried out he needed to do so in the interest of the American people.

Nixon Goes to China!
Who is Nixon?
Born to a poor, hard-working family
Graduated from Duke University School of Law
Had an increased interest in Foreign policy after his visit to the Soviet Union as vice president under Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1971, height of the cold war, because of a breakthrough in diplomacy between China and the U.S., plans are made for Nixon to visit China the next year.
China is a Communist Nation, it's a risky and tricky decision, but China and the Soviet Union created a political nexus which Nixon plans to exploit
The visit kicked up a sandstorm of press attention, there is a definite question of Nixon's motives.
The president is representing the entire country, not only making diplomatic decisions, but also decisions that sway the balance of the cold war.
It is above all, unlike Nixon to do what would be considered a supremely liberal maneuver. The reasons were unclear, did he wish to better the lives of Chinese and Americans? Or was he making the riskiest choice of the cold war?
Numerous diplomatic decisions are reached, open relations are established, trade is soon opened, and it is clear quickly stateside that the visit may be the most important summit of the decade, if not the century.
Although the visit was risky, in my opinion the president did the right thing acting as cheif diplomat. As long as he is on the side of caution, there is no one more qualified than the president to act in the interest of the people. Thus the saying, "Only Nixon could go to China."

This visit was incredibly important, it is a credit to Nixon's Presidency and to what good the power of the executive can do.
Nixon is President January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974, strongly conservative.
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