Sino-American Relations 1945-1975

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  • Sino-American Relations pre 1975
    • 1969-1975
      • Nixon wanted change in relations
        • Saw that China was a developing nuclear power
        • Liked that they were a powerful communist country outside of Soviet influence
        • Began relaxing policy through the artichoke approach
      • Vietnamese war was brought to an end
        • Chinese support to calm war
      • Mao saw a change in balance of power
        • Soviet becoming more powerful and were more of a threat to China than the US
          • Wanted to address the immediate short term problem posed by the USSR
    • How was change made possible and  how it was shown
      • Death of Mao's anti Sino-US successor
      • US invited to table tennis match in Peking in 1971
      • Sino-American summit held in 1972
  • Pre 1969
    • Sino-American Relations pre 1975
      • 1969-1975
        • Nixon wanted change in relations
          • Saw that China was a developing nuclear power
          • Liked that they were a powerful communist country outside of Soviet influence
          • Began relaxing policy through the artichoke approach
        • Vietnamese war was brought to an end
          • Chinese support to calm war
        • Mao saw a change in balance of power
          • Soviet becoming more powerful and were more of a threat to China than the US
            • Wanted to address the immediate short term problem posed by the USSR
      • How was change made possible and  how it was shown
        • Death of Mao's anti Sino-US successor
        • US invited to table tennis match in Peking in 1971
        • Sino-American summit held in 1972
    • US didn't recognise China as a state officially until 1969
    • Korean War 1950-53
      • China comes into the war  supporting North Korea against the USA
    • Deterioration of Sino-Soviet relations
      • Stalin worried about Chinese attempts to expand communism
      • Mao criticised Russia over backing down on the Cuban Missile Crisis

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