Waiting for the Dust to Settle : Anglo-Chinese Normalization and Nixon’s Historic Trip to China, 1971-1972. / Mark, Chi-Kwan.

In: Diplomatic History, Vol. 39, No. 5, 11.2015, p. 876-903.

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Waiting for the Dust to Settle : Anglo-Chinese Normalization and Nixon’s Historic Trip to China, 1971-1972. / Mark, Chi-Kwan.

In: Diplomatic History, Vol. 39, No. 5, 11.2015, p. 876-903.

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