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The Flawed ArchitectHenry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy$
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Jussi M. Hanhimaki

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172218.001.0001

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The Worst Hour: Angola and East Timor

The Worst Hour: Angola and East Timor

(p.399) 18 The Worst Hour: Angola and East Timor
The Flawed Architect

Jussi Hanhimäki

Oxford University Press

The liaison office chief of the People's Republic of China, Huang Chen, deemed that the collapse of Saigon was a result of a very passive approach of the Americans toward the USSR. Consequently, on the next meeting of the two, Kissinger promised that the United States would “organize … barriers to Soviet expansionism”. The question that remains, however, is how these “barriers” will be applied. In this context, two Portuguese colonies merit special attention: Angola and East Timor. This chapter illustrates how these two countries became prime examples of how Kissinger's overall foreign policy outlook, when applied to complex regional crises, not only contributed to the havoc in those regions, but also to the demise of his entire foreign policy architecture. As a result, he manifestly proved his incapability of organizing the “barrier” he was looking for.

Keywords:   Huang Chen, Saigon, USSR, United States, Angola, East Timor, Kissinger, Soviet expansionism

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