“A coalition of the United States, China, Japan and Europe was bound to prevail against the Soviet Union” (p. 285), Kissinger says. He also says that Beijing stressed the need for “peaceful development” (p. 508), which is another word for “peaceful coexistence”. He says that the Sino-American alliance “became central to the evolution of a new global order” (p. 243).
He says the Chinese leadership “knew my very presence in Beijing was a grievous blow to Hanoi” (p.248). Kissinger makes clear his and Nixon’s visit to China was Maoism collaborating with US imperialism, destabilizing the Soviet Union and worldwide national liberation movements (p. 258). He happily recounts conversations where Mao states he was elated when right-wing forces came to power across the globe. “Consultation between China and the United States,” he writes, “reached a level of intensity rare even among formal allies” (p. 273). He adds, “in fact, throughout the 1970s, Beijing was more in favor of the United States acting robustly against Soviet designs than much of the American public or Congress” (p. 277).
According to Kissinger, writing admiringly, Mao “was the quintessential Cold Warrior, American conservatives would have approved of him” (p. 283).
The Sino-American alliance pursued by the Maoist revisionist continues to this very day. After his ascent to power, Deng Xiaoping opened the Chinese economy to massive foreign direct investment – particularly from the U.S. Deng himself made a triumphant visit to the United States, returning home with pockets bulging from contracts, credits and promises of foreign investment from US corporations. Days later, like their US imperialist allies before them, the Chinese social-imperialists would invade Vietnam.
“Mao acted like a frustrated teacher, Deng as a demanding partner” (p. 349). Kissinger says that “operationally, the Chinese leaders were proposing a kind of cooperation in many ways more intimate and surely more risk taking than the Atlantic Alliance.” Mao is quoted as saying, “That would be good. So long as the objectives are the same, we would not harm you nor would you harm us. And we can work together to commonly deal with a bastard [laughter]“.
Thus, Beijing and Washington worked together in the 1979 invasion of Vietnam, which – he says enthusiastically – “ushered in the closest collaboration between China and the United States for the [entire] period of the Cold War” (p. 371).
— Espresso Stalinist.
by Paul Roller
Four decades ago, the then U.S. President Richard Nixon sent his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, to restore contacts with China, which had broken in the late 40’s. It was the first time a senior U.S. official traveling to that country after the communist revolution. A visit that changed the history of China and the world forever. This is the story that Henry Kissinger first-person account in his book On China, which goes on sale next May 17. Former Secretary of State discusses in his book how to approach the negotiations and this new relationship between Washington and Beijing helped shape today’s China.
As protagonist this story Kissinger builds on its own records and conversations with Chinese leaders during recent 40 and examines how Asian country despite being a communist state (and Cold War) approached Western diplomacy . Also, think about the consequences of the current balance of power between the two nations this century.
According to The New York Times points out, the book explains how to work the “realpolitik” of Kissinger. “Relations China and USA” writes in work “are essential for stability and global security.” Also ensures that despite the Cold War, the understanding of the two countries’ progress was an entire generation on both sides of the Pacific. ”
It also delves into the key episodes in China’s foreign policy, from classical times to today, with particular emphasis in the first decades after the rise of Mao Zedong. It also means the start of the meetings between China and the European powers, the formation and rupture of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, the work of Richard Nixon on his historic trip to Beijing and the crisis in the Taiwan Strait .
Kissinger reveals conversations with Mao, Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping (whom describes as’ little man melancholy eyes “) and how they shaped modern China. Also, do not hide their sympathy for them. “Despite its insistent communist propaganda, this approach (between the U.S. and the Asian giant) led (Chinese leaders) to become ‘free agents’ in the Cold War,” establishing a strategic partnership with USA. UU. and containing the Soviet Union, Kissinger said in the book.
Although relations were fruitful, as described in the work were also very complicated. Regarding the Slaughter Square 1989 Tiananmen Kissinger ensures position condemnation U.S. left unseated Deng Xiaoping.
“I could not understand why we took such a position if no American interest was damaged,” said former Secretary of State. Despite this situation, which left “in shock” Deng, just praise the late leader. “In half a decade and changed the country, persuaded the Communists to reform and the traditional Chinese isolation gave way to a globalized and modern country.”