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Nixon (and Kissinger) realised that the Chinese and the Soviets were not a united block and that they could and did have disagreements
- Mao Zedong resented Soviet advice and felt they weren’t true Communists
- The Soviets were frustrated by Chinese appeals to the non-alignment movement
The Americans had already agreed to not use their veto over Communist Chinese taking China’s Security Council Seat.
The Communist world was shown that it was not a monolithic beast intent on taking over the world.