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Constructing the Past

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

The China White Paper, released by the Truman administration in 1949, aimed to absolve the U.S. government of responsibility for the loss of China to the Communists. However, instead of silencing domestic critics of the administration's China policy, it provided fuel for further criticism at home and an opportunity for anti-American propaganda in China, thereby hurting U.S. interests.

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