A member of President Nixon’s cabinet is concerned that recent talks with China are indicators of a pro communist sentiment within the cabinet. However a fellow cabinet member offered a different reason for the communication with China.
“We are actually trying to pressure the USSR into taking a seat at the table to discuss the war in Vietnam. China is a huge power both economically and politically. If the USSR believes that China is moving closer to us then it’s position as a superpower will be compromised,” the official stated. “This will force them into sitting down to talks that would end the war, which is our main focus.”
Nixon’s administration is looking to end the war in Vietnam as soon as possible due to the looming election.