US-China Competition During the Cold War

Gregg Brazinsky examines afresh the enduring rivalry between the United States and China during the Cold War in this Washington History Seminar.  In his work Winning the Third World: Sino-American Competition during the Cold War, Brazinsky shows how both nations fought vigorously to establish their influence in newly independent African and Asian countries.  By playing a leadership role in Asia and Africa, China hoped to regain its status in world affairs, but Americans feared that China’s history as a nonwhite, anticolonial nation would make it an even more dangerous threat in the postcolonial world than the Soviet Union.

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This Washington History Seminar took place on Monday, May 8, 2017.  The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support.