China and the US

In a speech given at Columbia University on December 7th, Seymour Topping remembers his 50 years as a journalist, much of it as a correspondent in China.

The Roots of a Love-Hate Relationship

The story of the love-hate relationship between Mao's China and the U.S. started as early as in the 1940's.

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The Turning Point

In the second part of his speech, Seymour Topping argues that the Truman administration's agreement with nationalist Chiang Kai-shek was the turning point of the U.S. and China's relationship.

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A Booming China Rejects Western Interference

In the third part of his speech, Seymour Topping reports on the city of Chongqing and its governor Bo Xilai. A growing China refuses to allow any foreign interference.

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From Mao's Victory to Nixon's Handshake

In the fourth part of his speech, Seymour Topping reports on Mao taking over the nationalists. He argues that China's foreign policy was led by security concerns, not ideology. 

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Cooperation Over Competition

In the last part of his speech, Seymour Topping says that in the end, despite their disagreements, China and the U.S. must cooperate to preserve world peace. 


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Seymour Topping at Columbia University V1 from Lesley Topping on Vimeo.



Seymour Topping is the former correspondent and managing editor of The New York Times. He is the author of On the Front Lines of the Cold War, An American Correspondents Journal from The Chinese Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam.

[Photos courtesy of   Ming Xia,  Today is a good day,  Ford APA,  Wessel and  Phil King]

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