The Introduction traces the Republican Party’s history with China, beginning with the Open Door notes and into the immediate period after World War II. In doing so it presents a prelude for the political warfare that occurred with the conclusion of the Chinese Communist Revolution and Chiang Kai-shek’s flight to Taiwan in 1949. This section also outlines the book’s historiographical intervention by challenging the prevalent assumption that the China-conservative connection was simply an example of McCarthyism. Instead, it positions Asia First within burgeoning 20th century American internationalism and theorizes rightwing interest in China as a form of orientalism particular to the United States.
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