The Retreat from Normalisation

  • Steven Hurst


From the previous chapter it is clear that Zbigniew Brzezinski returned from Beijing at the end of May 1978 confirmed in his opinions that Vietnam was a Soviet ‘proxy’ and that China would view American moves towards normalisation with that country very unfavourably. His tendency, as President Carter put it, to ‘exalt’ the relationship with China,1 which was premised upon his preoccupation with the Soviet Union and how to contain it, added to his view that there was nothing to be gained from normal relations with Vietnam, led him to become increasingly vocal in his opposition to improved Vietnamese-American relations for fear of damaging the normalisation process with China.


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  • Steven Hurst
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  1. 1.The Manchester Metropolitan UniversityUK

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