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...and China. The goal of this relationship was to allow the U.S. to tilt towards one side of the triangle (the Soviet Union or China) in order to balance the power if one were to become too aggressive. Discussing this tactic, Gaddis wrote that, “the idea was to walk a fine line; to refrain from tempting either side into retaliation or blackmail by giving it the impression that the United States was ‘using’ it against the other”(Gaddis 295). Again, Nixon and Kissinger used one of Kennan’s policies of applying political pressure rather than take military action or isolate the U.S. further by refusing to establish any relationship. Instead of focusing on the regime and internal politics of China, the U.S. focused on how China could serve their goal of establishing a stable world order by helping constrain the behavior of and accelerate negotiations with the Soviet Union.
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