ERIC Number: ED049144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
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Our China Policy: The Need for Change.
Barnett, A. Doak
This critical analysis of Sino-American relations reviews historical events since World War II, summarizes United States policy toward the Peoples Republic of China and contends that improved relations with China should be a goal. Review of Communist China's activities reveals that: 1) an aim seems to be to expand power and influence but not acquire new territory; 2) military power development is structured to defense rather than offense; 3) in crisis situations the Chinese Communists have generally acted with notable prudence and caution; and, 4) avoidance of large scale war is a high priority. It is noted that desirable new directions for United States policy have been defined and that Washington should be prepared to take the initiative to modify its present concrete policies toward China. Actions such as liberalized nonofficial contact through travel and trade are suggested, and significant policy changes are proposed regarding: 1) Peking's membership in the United Nations; 2) diplomatic recognition; 3) arms control and our security policies; 4) Taiwan; and, 5) our policies with other nations of Asia, including the Soviet Union, Japan, and countries of Southeast Asia. A section TALKING IT OVER gives discussion questions and 17 reading references. (Author/JSB)
Descriptors: Asian History, Communism, Foreign Policy, International Education, International Relations, National Defense, Nationalism, Political Issues, Political Power, Resource Materials, United States History, World Affairs, World Problems
Foreign Policy Association, Inc., 345 E. 46th Street, New York, New York 10017 (Annual Subscription, $5.00; Single Issues, $1.00)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Association, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Asia (Southeast); China; United States
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