Many people opposed Nixon's visit to China. Why? I read an article saying people complained that Nixon's visit to China was going against past policies. What policies were they referring to?

Article Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/nixons-great-decision-on-china-40-years-later/2012/02/10/gIQAtFh34Q_story.html?utm_term=.ec447d11de8c

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    What article? Can you provide a link? Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 2:04
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    Uncited source no evidence of research. Vtc
    – MCW
    Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 2:06
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    A brief look at the article gave me this: "A typical Nixon blast was his 1964 comment during a trip to Asia that “it would be disastrous to the cause of freedom” for the U.S. to recognize Red China, which is precisely what he ended up doing. " Vtc for lack of research. Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 3:28

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Without seeing the article, it is difficult to be certain, but it was probably a reference to the comment that Nixon had made during his trip to Asia in 1964. He said that:

“it would be disastrous to the cause of freedom”

if the United States recognised Red China.

Obviously, by visiting China in 1972, that was precisely what he did.

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    And it went against the US doctrine of containment by George Keenan.
    – J Asia
    Commented Sep 18, 2017 at 7:00
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    Kennan's Containment stategy was rather specific in targeting the Soviets. Peeling one communist power from another wasn't much contemplated by Kennan. Rather, though ultimately sound, it gave us Viet Nam.
    – TomO
    Commented Sep 19, 2017 at 19:06

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