Communist China and the United States—The First Step
By Lieutenant Colonel H. G. Summers, Jr., U. S. Army
For the first time in over 20 years, the United States is moving away from the rigid containment policy that grew out of the Korean war. For the first time, attempts are being made to establish normal relations with Peking. Trade restrictions have been relaxed, travel restrictions have been eased, and the Warsaw talks have been resumed (albeit postponed by the Chinese since the Cambodian incident of 1970). “We are prepared to establish a dialogue with Peking,” said President Nixon on 25 February 1971 in his annual State of the World message to Congress.