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President Richard Nixon Foreign Policy Graphic Organizers - Richard Nixon Facts
DÉTENTE WITH THE USSR
PING-PONG DIPLOMACY IN CHINA
German for "practical politics", realpolitik defined how Nixon and his administration handled political affairs abroad. Nations that followed this policy aimed at maintaining their own country's strength rather than morally making decisions. This factored into their decisions regarding China and the USSR.
A great success of Nixon's foreign policy was bringing about "détente", or relaxed tensions with the leading communist nations of China and the USSR. Through talks and Nixon's personable but strong approach, he was able to bring about peace between the superpowers that had been at odds since the end of WWII.
After a ping-pong match between the American and Chinese national teams, Nixon visited the People's Republic of China, the first president to ever do so. Nixon managed to end the embargo between the two nations, while also establishing better trade relations.
THE VIETNAM WAR
THE PRESIDENCY OF RICHARD NIXON: FOREIGN POLICY
LIMITING NUCLEAR ARMS
Beginning in 1969, Nixon implemented his policy for the Vietnam War dubbed "Vietnamization". With growing opposition to the war, and rising American casualties, Nixon began the process of removing American troops from Vietnam, replacing them with Southern Vietnamese soldiers.
After visiting China, Nixon traveled to the Soviet Union with a warm welcome. Nixon met with Lenoid Brezhnev, Premier of the U.S.S.R. Between the two, they were able to sign and implement the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, or SALT I. This treaty aimed to freeze the number of missiles and nuclear weapons each country created.
Henry Kissinger served as Nixon's Secretary of State. Kissinger is credited, along with Nixon, for their success in foreign affairs. Although they did not consider each other friends, both Nixon and Kissinger held a close political relationship. Kissinger even won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for his efforts.
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