chapter  7
30 Pages

U.S. Policy Toward China: The Strategic Context and the Policy-making Process

From the time of Henry Kissinger's trip to China in July 1971 until the end of the cold war in the late 1980s, the United States' China policy was fundamentally shaped by the challenge posed by the Soviet Union and the corresponding value of strategic cooperation with Beijing. Once Washington opened relations with China, at no time was it free to ignore Chinese interests. In the cold war context, cooperative U.S.-Chinese relations were too valuable to jeopardize over less-significant bilateral differences.