Rapprochement Denied: July–December 1953

  • David Clayton
Part of the Studies in Military and Strategic History book series (SMSH)


The end of the Korean War should have allowed the West to end China’s diplomatic and economic isolation. But instead China’s trade with the West remained restricted, its seat in the UN denied and its territory threatened by military measures. To understand why there continued to be a block on China’s integration into the world trading and diplomatic communities, we need to examine the dynamics of British and American policies towards China. This chapter will assess the British government’s thinking on diplomatic and economic relations with China. It will then examine British attempts to formulate a political settlement aimed at defusing cold war tensions in the Far East. It will next turn to British attempts to persuade the US to tone down or remove military, economic and political sanctions against Communist China. Finally, it will, by analysing US policy towards China, assess why the British government failed.


British Government American Policy American Administration Political Settlement British Policy 
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© David Clayton 1997

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  • David Clayton
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  1. 1.University of YorkUK

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