chapter  8
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Conclusion: Tripolarity and Policy Making

China's attention to U.S.-Soviet relations is easily comprehensible. Given the overwhelming power of the superpowers in the international system in the 1970s and 1980s, the security of all other states, no matter how large or small, was significantly determined by relations between the superpowers. This situation compelled each and every country to carefully assess its respective position in regard to the superpowers. China was not an exception to this rule.