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Running Head: PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON 1President Richard Nixon and ChinaName of StudentInstitution Affiliation
PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON 2As a presidential candidate, Richard Nixon always had the ambition of sorting a clear policy on China especially when one looks at the run-up to the 1968 elections. According to Nixon, he had the contention that taking the long view, the United States would not continue to think of leaving mainland China forever outside the sphere of the family of countriess. By analyzing the 1972 visit, this essay will focus on getting clear answers on the aspect of the visit by President Richard Nixon. The piece will also focus on one of the primary players of the meeting called Henry Kissinger who was National Security Advisor.According to Wildavsky (2013), at heart, the issue of diplomacy should not strive for opportunist or incidental arrangements, but the primary concern should be on the creation of durable and stable relationships. Indeed, the aspects of successful diplomacy should strive to have a definite arrangement that at the end of the day leaves all the sides of the party equal. However, in comparative terms of the Nixon visit to China which was the first by the head of state of America, the assigning of the value to mainland China was something different. The overall goal and strategy of President Nixon’s visit primarily had an influence regarding specific circumstance. During the times of the cold war between the US and the USSR, the diplomatic strategy of Nixon was by the vital issue of strategic opportunism. The visit by Nixon was to try and push the Soviet Union towards the limitations of their arms agreement. Additionally, while looking at that angle, the finalizing of the Vietnam War was a vital engagement in the rapprochement attempts by the Nixon’s administration.Nixon had an obsession with shaping history to have it in his place which became an influence to his visit to China. It would appear that the overall dream of Nixon concerning his historical legacy took him to the point of seeking political risks rather than the idea of focusing on risk-aversion. According to historical records, Nixon had a long history of betting and
PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON 3gambling. While he was working under the US Navy in the early 1940s, he had known to be a serious poker player who was willing to take significant risks even when the stakes were very high. About his colleagues, it seems the aspect of taking substantial risks in poker drove him to have a desire for a big win. Without a doubt, China under control by Chairman Mao was the nextbig gamble for President Nixon in the game of diplomacy. Even Kissinger was in shock by the rapprochement plans of Nixon for which he gave it a description that was vivid. In this case, he spoke that the president’s dream to arrange his flight of fantasy to mainland China had come true.

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