White House Watch: To the Peking Station

Osborne, John
January 1979
New Republic;1/13/79, Vol. 180 Issue 2, p10
Examines the reasons behind the efforts of U.S. President Jimmy Carter in promoting diplomatic recognition of the communist Chinese government in Peking, China, derecognition of the anti-communist government in Taipei, Taiwan and termination of the mutual defense treaty with the Taiwanese government. Carter's quest for normalization of U.S. relationship with mainland China; Reasons for the total secrecy maintained during negotiations with China; Origins of the accommodation with the People's Republic of China; U.S. officials' strategy of appealing to the Chinese communists' fears of the Soviet Union.


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