Pye, Lucian W.
January 1967
Foreign Affairs;Jan1967, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p229
Academic Journal
This article presents information on the changes in foreign policy of the U.S. towards its foreign relations with Communist China. For some months, 1966 promised to be a year of significant albeit gradual change in U.S. policy toward Communist China. In a strange and paradoxical fashion, the emotional issues of the Vietnam War opened the way for the most sober, responsible and even-handed public discussion of China since the Communists came to power. At Congressional hearings and in the mass media, scholars and leaders of opinion have dispassionately calculated the possibilities for change, and Administration leaders have in their customarily guarded language intimated that change was not impossible. The national mood was increasingly one of believing that with prudence and wisdom it would be possible to work toward gradually incorporating China into responsible world relationships. If we are to take advantage of the opportunities offered by current U.S. attitudes and to avoid the dangers of bitter backlashes if all does not go well, then it is important to reach a realistic judgment of the precise limits of our capacity to influence Chinese developments in particular and Asian events in general.


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