RECOGNITION OF COMMUNIST CHINA by Robert P. Newman

RECOGNITION OF COMMUNIST CHINA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A closely reasoned analysis of our China policy from the earliest days when the Communist party was shaking the security of the Nationalists up to what Newman feels is an immature closing the eyes to the inevitable. Maturity can come to the U.S.-China policy only with recognition. To reach this conclusion he takes his readers step by step in the endeavour to bring moral, political and legal arguments into satisfactory relationship. He grants the support of the principle of self determination for Taiwan- but feels this should not take precedence over the claims to recognition of Communist China which has more than met our own long-term criteria for recognition. He is wholly realistic in discounting the effect this might have in weaning Peking from Moscow; it is too late for that. But he charts other advantages in our coming into line with other countries, in reestablishing centuries old trade relations, in forwarding the assimilation of overseas Chinese --now torn in their loyalties, in restoring our prestige in the U.N. where the exclusion of Communist China is generally considered unrealistic by our allies and by the Asian-African bloc. He explores the arguments on both sides; he quotes authorities, both pro- and anti-recognition. The book is packed with vital information, but unfortunately this is marshalled in such a way that it reads like a syllabus for a debating team. More journalistically handled and less pedagogically. It might well provide the needed ammunition for a maturing policy.

Publisher: Macmillan