Stalemate and Restraint: November 1951–July 1953

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


British policy towards China did not change significantly under a Conservative government: Britain would leave the door open for an improvement in political and economic relations between China and the West and try to moderate American thinking on China. This strategy depended above all else on an armistice being signed for the Korean War, which would, Britain hoped, allow economic and military measures against the PRC to be scaled down, and then perhaps, in the longer term, with an easing of Sino-American antagonism, open the way towards closer diplomatic and economic contact between China and the West. Unfortunately, the process towards peace in Korea was arduous and drawn out. As a result, Churchill’s Conservative government faced the same dilemma as Attlee’s Labour government: to acquiesce in an aggressive US approach towards China or to follow a moderate liberal line.


Chinese Mainland British Government Conservative Government American Policy Modus Vivendi 
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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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