The Influence of Cold War-Era Politics on Modern-Day US-China Foreign Relations

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Mia Olivia Baxley (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site:
Dr. Kirill Bumin

Abstract: The purpose of this essay is to show how cultural politics has affected the relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. The primary focus in this essay will be the period starting from 1949, the same year as the beginning of communist party’s control in China. Through an outline of cultural rhetoric and government policies during the Cold War, this essay will serve to find points of tension between the two world superpowers and outline the effects of Cold War foreign policies on relations in the 21st century. In this essay, the intricate relationship between culture and politics will also serve as the basis for the study with respects to Cold War-era politics and the debunking of common dilemmas related to modern and past US-China foreign policy. Through the discovery of a cultural “middle ground”, modern US-China foreign relations have the potential to grow and prosper into a mutually beneficial relationship which not only aids in bilateral relations but provides a sense of international stability as well.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2018
Political Science, Cultural Politics, Cold War Foreign Policies, International Relations, US-China Relations
United States -- Foreign relations – China
China -- Foreign relations -- United States

Email this document to