Essay on U.S. and China Relations

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The relations between the United States and China have grown dramatically since Nixon's visit in 1972. Nixon's visit got the Chinese and the US back as friends, instead of being against each other because of their government differences. This relationship has been very shaky ever since the nations have been dealing with each other. First, they were on good terms in the late seventeen hundreds. They traded with each other quite often, and American businessmen went over to start businesses in China, which helped out the economy a lot.

When the Gold Rush started, there was a really bad disease that had gone all over southeast China. This made many Chinese leave in hopes of striking gold and becoming rich in America, although
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Through the next ten to twenty years, up until the early seventies, the Chinese and United States "regarded one another with suspicion, fear, and hostility."

Relations between the U.S. and China were hostile, until the 1970s when Nixon visited China. He wanted to get the United States and China back on good terms. He went over for a little visit with Mao Zedong, the leader of the Communist party, in 1972. Nixon thought he could help China become less Communistic by becoming their friends instead of staying their enemies. Plus, it was time for a change. Ever since then, the two nations have kept up good diplomatic relations, which was much easier when the United States chose to recognize the People' Republic of China as a government.(source # 1)

As relations improved, China allowed more businessmen and companies in and trading changed between the two dramatically. "Since 1979 China's economy has grown at an average annual rate of more than 9 percent and has the potential to become the world's largest economy during the 21st century."(source # 2) China is even expected to

have the largest economy in the world very soon. (source # 3) Leaders that have come

into power after Zedong have made some changes and actually have some, but not many, private
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