Zbigniew Brzezinski, who died on May 26, drove the final laps in 1978 of the normalisation of Sino-US relations, a process started by Henry Kissinger seven years earlier. The two men were influential in America’s decision to switch its diplomatic recognition of China from Taipei to Beijing.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, who died on May 26, drove the final laps in 1978 of the normalisation of Sino-US relations, a process started by Henry Kissinger seven years earlier. The two men were influential in America’s decision to switch its diplomatic recognition of China from Taipei to Beijing.
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