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

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the protagonists of the real, the true revolution, that which matches progress with freedom.

This is our problem, and our opportunity, for the years ahead.


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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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Publisher's Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Part One - America: Its Heritage and Mission 1
  • 1. the Pioneer Spirit 3
  • 2. Our Legacy from the Old World 11
  • Part Two - Coexistence and Survival 21
  • 1. the Soviet Challenge 23
  • 2. Khrushchev in America 36
  • Part Three - U.S. Foreign Policy: Peace with Freedom and Justice 47
  • 1. the Rule of Law 49
  • 2. Foreign Aid 61
  • 3. the Pursuit of Peace 81
  • 4. Foreign Policy in Action: Latin America 91
  • 5. Foreign Policy in Action: Africa 104
  • 6. Foreign Policy in Action: Lebanon 115
  • 7. Foreign Policy in Action: Communist China 122
  • Part Four - Democracy at Worke 129
  • 1. Politics and Leadership 131
  • 2. Strength for Peace and Freedom 141
  • 3. a Dynamic Economy for America 147
  • 4. the Challenge to American Education 160
  • 5. Labor and the Steel Strike 171
  • 6. Civil Rights 181
  • 7. Forgotten Peoples 188
  • Part Five - Mission to the Soviet Union 193
  • 1. Russia as I Saw It 195
  • 2. the "Kitchen Debate" 219
  • 3. America Accepts the Challenge 227
  • 4. a Talk to the Russian People 235
  • Mr. Nixon's Life in Brief 247
  • Index 249
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