Western Europe and Détente in East Asia, 1969–72

  • Martin Albers
Part of the Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World book series (SCCCW)


The early 1970s saw a radical improvement of not only Sino-US relations but also ties between Beijing and Western Europe. This rapprochement was in many ways closely related to the parallel process of détente between NATO countries and the Eastern Bloc. In this chapter Albers looks at the European dimension of the Chinese opening between 1969 and 1972 and shows how Britain, France, and the Federal Republic of Germany had to overcome specific national challenges in order to reduce Cold War tensions in Asia and reestablish Western Europe’s political presence in Asia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Albers
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  1. 1.Administration of the Free and Hanseatic City of HamburgHamburgGermany

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