Friday, November 20, 2020

Review of "The President’s Trip to China," by the American Press Corps

 Review of

The President’s Trip to China, by the American Press Corps

Five out of five stars

 This book is a snapshot report of the world changing event of U. S. President Richard Nixon traveling to China in 1972. There is no question that it was a seismic shift in the geopolitical landscape of the world. In one event, the world began the process of moving from a bipolar ( the U. S. and the Soviet block) political entity to a tripolar one (U. S., People’s Republic of China and the Soviet block) to a bipolar one again with the U. S. and the People’s Republic of China. There is no doubt that it was the first major step in China becoming an economic superpower, with an economy now on par with that of the United States.

 It was an event that astounded the world, as billions of people saw the events live. It is rare when the world changes so much in one week, yet it is clear from the text by the American Press Corps that they understood what was happening. In retrospect, Nixon’s trip to China made the world safer regarding the threat of overt war, yet it paved the way for the rise of the more subtle aspects of warfare, such as intellectual theft, economic aggression and electronic messaging. Tactics that the Chinese are very skilled at.

 This is a good book to refresh your history genes and understand once again that approximately fifty years ago the United States and China were mutually silent adversaries and China was economically miniscule.

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