Happy Lunar New Year, as we exit the year of the ox and enter the year of the tiger, this would be a great chance to talk a little about Chinese pandas and the role they played in diplomacy during the Cold War. First, let us start off with some less furry topics!
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Cold War Changes
After the communist party won at took control in China in 1949, America took on the policy of isolation and backed Taiwan as the then only legitimate government of China. The Korean war, of course, brought communist China into conflict with the US as the People Republic backed North Korea during the war. Communist China was also refused a seat at the U.N. during this time. As time passed, come 1969, it was not the US but the USSR and communist China that ended up essentially in open warfare on the Ussuri River. There were discussions about what would happen if the Soviets used nuclear weapons in that conflict and would Nixon come to communist China’s aid? Especially being strongly Anti-Communist.
Nixon on the other hand saw an opening into Asia right at Russia’s back door and famously sent Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to Beijing on a secret meeting with China’s Zhou Enlai to secured an invitation for a visit to the People Republic.
In 1972, president Nixon took an 8 day historic trip as the first U.S. president to step foot in the P.R.C. after 25 years of no communications and no relations. During this trip, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai offered American first lady Patricia Nixon two pandas as a show of friendship. This trip was one of the most important diplomatic meetings of the cold war and a complete reversal of policy by the United States and Nixon. How devastating it must have felt in the halls of the Kremlin?
“Ling-ling” and “Xing-xing” became possibly the two most famous pandas in the world. During their stay at the U.S. National Zoo in Washington, DC, they were a major attraction, being seen by millions of people a year. They certainly lived up to opening relationships with opposing ideologies and being a symbol of peace. A lesson perhaps also echoing into our troubled times.
No Pandas in the War Room
It is said that the year of the Tiger will bring rewards to people who are vigorous and ambitious, daring and courageous, enthusiastic and generous, self-confident with a sense of justice and a commitment to help others for the greater good. For strategies in how to handle the Chinese Civil war, be vigorous in deploying your forces both as the United States and the USSR. You never know when an opening might present itself. In particular as this update introduces the possibility to now also favor the historical character, General Lin Biao. A man full of surprises.
I really hoped you enjoyed this piece. I wanted to do something relating to China and luck and such and tie it into the cold war and this seemed absolutely perfect.
For information regarding panda conservation efforts please visit this link.[wwf.panda.org]
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Seth signing off, wishing you an amazing Year of the Tiger.
As we say… Mighty Cheers!
I) Development starts for UI/UX update for focus Selection.
II) Policies are getting rolled out with each new patch - focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa
- Fixed an issue where rebasing a figher or bomber command outside the focus theater would not correctly require 1 people interests
- Promoting Peng to Marshall now only requires 10 power
- Added US consulate siege decisions for Lin Biao
- Added Funeral decision for Lin Biao
- Fixed an issue where the terminals would be stuck in Ultra Wide resolution
- Added updated set of Faction buttons
- Fixed a space race researched incorrect opponent faction icon color
- Fixed various smaller bugs
- Fixed a few typos