How one man divided the Communist world

News   •   Jun 07, 2013 09:51 GMT

In the 1950s the West saw itself facing the monolithic threat of Communism, with the Soviet Union and China as hostile, unified bloc that challenging the rest of the world.

Yet one man would reveal the true nature of relations within the Communist world, a revelation that would change American foreign policy and change the dynamics of the Cold War.

Ahead of the potentially pivotal Xi-Obama informal summit , it is timely to note the contribution made by this man, who must be credited with creating an opportunity and context for a normalization of Sino-American relations and the game-changing meeting of Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong in 1972.

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