Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on July 23. Photo: Reuters Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on July 23. Photo: Reuters
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on July 23. Photo: Reuters
Chi Wang
Opinion

Opinion

Chi Wang

How the Trump administration has misunderstood the lessons of Nixon, Kissinger and the past 50 years of US-China diplomacy

  • Decades of China engagement failed, according to Pompeo, because China did not liberalise as US leaders had anticipated
  • However, Nixon’s opening to China in 1972 had nothing to do with spreading democracy or free enterprise but was entirely about gaining the upper hand over the Soviets in the Cold War

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on July 23. Photo: Reuters Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on July 23. Photo: Reuters
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on July 23. Photo: Reuters
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Chi Wang

Chi Wang

Chi Wang, a former head of the Chinese section of the US Library of Congress, is president of the US-China Policy Foundation.