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Ideas that add up #231

Henry Kissinger rings him in 1972 and says: Robert, I need your help. And calls him out to Palm Springs where they stand on the 18th tee of the golf course, and he says: we’re standing here because everything is … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #44

Above all, the centrally planned state, far from creating a classless society, ended up by enshrining class stratification. Where goods were allocated rather than bought, the real rewards were perquisites of office: special stores, hospitals, educational opportunities for cadres. Enormous … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #32

Only under pressure of Western incursions in the nineteenth century did China establish something analogous to a foreign ministry to manage diplomacy as an independent function of government, in 1861 after the defeat in two wars with the Western powers. … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #11

Ideas that add up #11 Now that both sides sought progress, the difference in negotiating styles became important. Chinese negotiators use diplomacy to weave together political, military and psychological elements into an overall strategic design. Diplomacy to them is the … Continue reading

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