Oksenberg, Michel
December 1980
Foreign Affairs;Winter80/81, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p304
This article discusses some of the issues that the United States government needs to consider when developing policy for furthering relations with China in the 1980s. For nearly a decade, perhaps the single most successful foreign policy the United States has pursued has been the nation's new relationship with the People's Republic of China. As former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's memoirs make clear, former President Richard M. Nixon and China's leaders took bold advantage of their common adversarial relationship with the Soviet Union and terminated the Sino-American enmity which had damaged the two countries in the previous two decades. No less than 16 agreements have now been signed involving scientific cooperation. Culturally, the International Communications Agency and the Ministry of Culture have established the basis for expanding cultural contact. An intimate link exists between the Chinese domestic scene and China's ability to sustain an opening to the United States, and China's leaders confront numerous impediments to fostering a substantive relationship. China suffers from a severe shortage of trained manpower capable of dealing with Americans.


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