Us China Relations During The Cold War

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US-China Relations in the Cold War
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The Cold War was a time of great upheaval for the United States and for the world. After the detonation of the atomic bombs at the end of World War II, war itself was forever changed. Atomic weaponry brought the potential for destruction on a massive scale. Concurrently, nations all over the globe were left reeling from the casualties of the war. Communist Dictatorships took hold in much of Eastern Europe and Asia, under Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and others. During this period, two geopolitical giants arose, both nuclear tipped: the socialist communist USSR, and the capitalist democratic USA. After 45 years of hostility, the USSR eventually fell, bringing an end to the struggle. The United States and other western countries made a several political moves throughout the course of the war in an attempt to win out against Soviet Russia, one of which was an alliance with Communist China. The strategic collaboration between the United States and China during 1971-1989 was instrumental in breaking down the communist bloc, weakening the Soviet Union, and ultimately bringing an end to the cold war through manipulation of geopolitical alliances and resources.
China was a tremendously important ally because of its size, both in terms of population and territory. It was too big to be overlooked. Political scientists Andrew J. Nathan and Robert S. Ross remarked, “During the Cold War, China was the only major country that stood at the
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