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International Relations

Faculty Mentor

Rebecca Evans


Presented during the 23rd Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 23, 2021 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

How do US-China relations impact US relations with other Asian nations, specifically with India and Japan? US-China relations can be seen as the main driver in US relations with Japan and India following rapprochement with the United States. The inverse relationship that exists between US-China and US-Japan/US-India relations signals the importance of the US’ bilateral relationship with China. While there are significant differences between the US-India and US-Japan relations, both are similarly affected by US-China relations. The critical time period explored in this paper is the Sino-Soviet Border Conflict of 1969. This time period explores the impact of US-China relations on Asian relations within the context of the US-USSR Cold War rivalry, and China’s role in breaking from the Communist bloc and its disapproval of Soviet revisionism. The Nixon Administration and its foreign policy initiatives, namely, rapprochement with China has changed the course of US foreign policy.

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