Chuck Colson a White House Counselor for President Nixon. Once said about Foreign Policy, that its like a Chess Match. Or I would add a Pool Match, a game I’m much more familiar with. That you always have to be a couple moves ahead and on the attack. Instead of waiting for things to happen or come to you. And then reacting and you can’t just make moves in Foreign Policy as they come up. Because when you make moves in Foreign Policy, they effect other things that you do. And come up, that you can’t just make one move at a time. But you have to able to understand the impact of that move or other moves. And have a plan going ahead as it relates to Foreign Policy. And thats exactly how President Nixon approached Foreign Policy. He did it with a strategy and knew where he was headed and wanted to go in the future.
Thats exactly what we had with the Nixon Foreign Policy. Dick Nixon could see that China was going to become a World Power. Twenty years before anyone else could and knew that because of these facts. Because of its gigantic size, basically the size of America. But with five times as many people and that they were reforming their economy. Privatizing it, not having American Capitalism but State Capitalism. With a mixture of Private and State Industries, with a Welfare State to go with it. And President Nixon was right, we knew probably by the early 1990s. That the Peoples Republic of China was going to eventually have the largest economy in the World. Because of its size and Economic Growth.
President Nixon understood that the best way to influence World Powers. Especially World Powers that you don’t agree with. Is through communication, talking with them and doing business with them. Which was the whole point of opening up China in 1971.