The Challenges We Face: Edited and Compiled from the Speeches and Papers of Richard M. Nixon

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7. Foreign Policy in Action: Communist China20

Time and again over the past eight years, the critics of the present Administration have claimed that we have been too rigid in insisting on a firm stand against recognition of Red China. The question is often put, "Considering our policy toward some other dictatorships, should we not adopt a different attitude toward Red China? By recognizing Red China, might we not influence its conduct of foreign policy in the future?"

I recognize -- looking ahead over the next twenty-five years -- that it is essential that we in the West take the long view on all of these problems. What happens in Communist China is going to have a great impact on the retention of freedom and the maintenance of peace throughout the world.

Looking at the problem at the present time, however, my position with regard to being able to influence the course of Red China's development can be expressed in two ways. First let us consider the example of our British friends: they recognize Red China. Their relations with Red China have not improved at all by reason of recognition and are no better than ours. So I doubt that we should take the naïve attitude that by

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The material in this section is derived from the following sources: Responses to questions at the California Newspaper Publishers Association Convention, Los Angeles, California. February 6, 1960. Responses to questions at Televised Press Conference, Los Angeles Press Club, Los Angeles, California. February 18, 1958. Responses to questions at the Conference with Representatives of the Four Armed Services, Washington, D.C. July 29, 1957.

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