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Unformatted text preview: in the 1930s that the Communists remain allied with the Nationalists. .. at a time when the Nationalists were killing Communists. Mao for his part believed that Stalin's successors were too soft. In any case, tension mounted until it escalated into border clashes. The break opened up China to America more, starting with sporting tournaments and building to Richard Nixon's famous visit in 1972. As an aside, the saying "only Nixon could go to China" is symbolic of Nixon's conservatism- a liberal would've been accused of being a Communist. Mao Zedong's death in 1976 brought the more capitalist Deng Xiaoping into power, and he instituted many economic reforms. By the end of the Cold War China had abandoned much of the Maoist ideology and fast moving towards becoming a market economy, though it remains to this day a one-party state....
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- Fall '10
- Cold War