Sino-American relations and de'tente : Nixon, Kissinger, Mao and the One-China Policy, with special reference to Taiwan

Hsu, C 2008, Sino-American relations and de'tente : Nixon, Kissinger, Mao and the One-China Policy, with special reference to Taiwan, Masters by Research, Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University.


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Title Sino-American relations and de'tente : Nixon, Kissinger, Mao and the One-China Policy, with special reference to Taiwan
Author(s) Hsu, C
Year 2008
Abstract This thesis is essentially about the origin, course, and impact of "Sino - American" relations, under the administration of President Richard M. Nixon, with his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger. My argument is simple: Nixon's policy of détente in China marked a turning point in world history, that is, the US accommodation with the People's Republic of China provides a lesson in international diplomacy that has as much relevance today as it did during the Cold War. There is no doubt that despite several criticisms it has proven to be a most significant and successful policy.

However, while everyone focuses solely on China and US and pays little attention to Taiwan's point of view, in this thesis I have also included the Taiwan factor in the evaluation of Nixon's One-China Policy. The fact that the "Taiwan issue" remains indicates that it is the flaw in Nixon's One-China Policy that many have suggested. True enough, Nixon and Kissinger should be criticised on how they handled the issue of Taiwan; however, Taiwan mustn't be portrayed as a victim in its policy with the Chinese. Although the One-China Policy may have worked against Taiwan in many ways, it has also benefited Taiwan on several occasions. In this thesis I have also explained why it is in Taiwan's best interests to work with the PRC.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Global Studies, Social Science and Planning
Keyword(s) One-China Policy
Kissinger
Nixon
Mao
Taiwan
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