Reassuring one's friends: Richard Nixon's China policy and its impact on East and Southeast Asia, 1969-1974
Ng, Sue Peng (2011) Reassuring one's friends: Richard Nixon's China policy and its impact on East and Southeast Asia, 1969-1974. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis is a study of how the Richard Nixon administration explained its China policy to its allies and friends in Asia and their reactions towards the major changes in the US-PRC relationship during the early 1970s. These allies and friends are the Republic of China (ROC), the Republic of Korea (ROK), Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. When Nixon came to power in 1969, he was desperate to disengage from the Vietnam War and to reduce the United States (US) formal military presence in Asia. He employed the policies of Vietnamization and the Nixon Doctrine to achieve these objectives, which when combined with the US-PRC rapprochement would serve to reduce tensions in Asia. The Asian states were apprehensive of the future of the US commitment to the region due to the reduction of its military presence in Asia and their worries were compounded when Nixon sought rapprochement with the PRe. Explanations were sought from the US and reassurances were given by the Nixon administration in order to pacify its allies and friends in Asia.
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