Richard Nixon 's Foreign Policy

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As much as the United States might like to dismiss it, other nations do exist. Since our founding as a nation, we have struggled with foreign policy initiatives. George Washington, our first president, decided that isolationism would protect America. And while Americans followed Washington’s philosophy for decades, foreign policy still leaked through the cracks. The Monroe doctrine radically shifted America isolationism from complete dissociation to selective dissociation. Overall, America’s foreign goals have shifted further outward as the years went on. Although many presidents boast adroit foreign policies, Richard Nixon’s foreign policy deserves a larger spotlight. Although he mired his career in a lackluster domestic policy and the…show more content…
Luckily for Nixon, he realized that the two strongest communist nations, The Soviet Union and China, faced a split. Their relations began to fragment, and Nixon felt if he could capitalize on this splintering, then he could guide the world into a more peaceful era and push the United States above its rivals. Moreover, he felt a USSR lacking a Chinese ally would be far easier to negotiate with for strategic treaties. Once China and the USSR splintered, and strategic talks had been held with both the USSR and China, then North Vietnam would lack committed allies, as Nixon would have diplomatically tied both the USSR and China to the United States. Ending the Vietnam War and uniting the United States with its eastern enemies on common diplomatic middle ground would prove no easy feat, but Nixon felt that it would help better the world scene. To achieve this diplomatic strength, Richard Nixon first turned toward China. For decades, China had posed unique opportunities to America. However, these opportunities shriveled when in 1949, Mao Zedong established the People’s Republic of China, a communist republic aligned more with the USSR than with the United States. Given America’s animosity towards the Soviet Union, this animosity extended itself to the People’s Republic of China and to Mao Zedong. Just over twenty years later, though, even though Mao still held considerable power, the USSR and China began to drift apart. Why did the USSR and China drift apart? Mao, for one,
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