Nixon’s positive effect on China by Cole Rabano

For many years, the United States and China had a rocky relationship. But because of President Richard Nixon, we would become business partners and this soon-to-be-superpower would change before our planet’s eyes. Almost everything today is made in China, including the famous Ipad and all the other Apple products.

To find the root of how these two nations established a business relationship with each other, we have to go back to the late 1800’s when China was still in severe poverty. The United States wanted to have an economic relationship with China. Russia, France, Germany, and Great Britain wanted to keep their interests in China, so the United States started a new “Open Door” policy where all nations would have equal trading privileges in China to protect Chinese power. But the policy actually made things worse for China and this was not acknowledged until the end of the World War II.

Then in the 1960’s, China’s Communist Leader, Mao Zedong, started a brutal harrowing campaign called the “Cultural Revolution.” Since President Nixon had been anti-communist, ties between China and America seemed unlikely.

But as time passed, the views of the man who was anti-communist changed. “We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another, until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices,” President Nixon once stated. He started the spark for the United States to become business partners with the now second biggest world power, China.

On February 21, 1972, President Nixon landed in Beijing and was ready to make settlements with Chairman Mao. Following the president’s arrival, meetings began concerning what the two nations wanted to accomplish, along with goals about the devious Soviet Union. The deal that America made with China was to pull out American forces from the Chinese island of Taiwan. Soon the Americans and the Chinese were both allies and business partners.

This partnership would continue until today. But the relationship also caused many Americans to lose both their jobs and their income that they have worked so hard for. In the future, the United States of America might even trail behind China. Thanks to the work of President Nixon, China became a superpower and China and the United States are still business partners and allies. But the real question is…was it worth it?

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