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Richard Nixon

Historic Letter about Opening To China

SUMMARY: This offering is a letter from Richard Nixon about his China initiative. Price:$3950.00

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Historic Letter about Opening To China

Richrd M. Nixon (1913-1994).Nixon candidly discusses US policy on China, recollecting the important influence of German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in the establishment of US-Chinese relations in 1972. Typed Letter Signed. One page, large octavo, d. April 28th, 1983, on "Richard Nixon" personal letterhead stationary, New York City. Reads in part:

"You are correct in observing that Chancellor Adenauer played an important role in my consideration of U.S. policy toward Peking. It is interesting to note that I confirmed my recollection when I reviewed some handwritten notes I made after a talk with Former President Hoover in 1954. I had raised the issue with him and he disagreed with Adenauer's recommendation. With warm regards, Sincerely, Richard Nixon".

Nixon's most important achievements as president were in the arena of foreign policy, particularly détente —his grand strategy designed to promote a "triangular" balance of power among the United States, Soviet Russia, and the People's Republic of China, and thus contain the expansion of Communism. The key to its success was the opening of Chinese relations with the United States. As early as 1954, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer had recognized the growing friction in Russo-Chinese relations while ideological preconceptions clouded American foreign policy. Adenauer perceived opportunities and strategic advantages from a Sino-Soviet split. Nixon, too, correctly reasoned that China had more to fear from the Russians, who had amassed 40 divisions along its border in the summer of 1969, than the United States. It was in China's self-interest to cooperate with the United States. Nixon sent Henry Kissinger on a secret mission to China in July 1971, which led to the dramatic and unprecedented visit by Nixon in February of 1972 and the signing of the Shanghai Communiqué. The opening of China was Nixon's keystone in his "structure of peace." It brought the Russians and the Chinese closer to the United States than each other, and led to a series of diplomatic breakthroughs, including the end of the Vietnam War, the lessening of Soviet influence in the Middle East, and the SALT treaty. A fine letter of historical associations with one of the great diplomatic achievements of the twentieth century.

The letter will come with a letter of authenticity as to its origin, history and authenticity.

Price: $3950.00


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