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Asia FirstChina and the Making of Modern American Conservatism$
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Joyce Mao

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226252711

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226252858.001.0001

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The New Normal

The New Normal

Asia First Realpolitik

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Asia First

Joyce Mao

University of Chicago Press

An icon of the American right, Sen. Barry Goldwater could not have captured the 1964 GOP presidential nomination without the energy and rightwing unity that China helped to inspire. This chapter looks at Goldwater as a practitioner of Asia First via his personal writings as well as his more well-known text, The Conscience of a Conservative (1962). As the narrative argues, Asia First allowed for a degree of flexibility and doctrinal change in the face of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972, and normalization under Jimmy Carter. The result was an internationalism that accommodated détente and realpolitik even as Goldwater continued to avow support for the Guomindong regime on Taiwan.

Keywords:   Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, Vietnam War, Taiwan, Jimmy Carter

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