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The Foxhole: Michael Pillsbury, real-life ‘Smoking Man’ from Nixon to Obama, unravels China’s secrets

In autumn 1969, President Nixon and his White House national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, worried that one of the president’s main foreign policy objectives – the opening to China – conflicted with another: détente, the diplomatic overture to the Soviet Union, including arms control accords, that Nixon hoped would extricate the U.S. from Vietnam and reduce tensions in the global struggle between nuclear superpowers.

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