Nixon used the "China Card" to triangulate between North Vietnam and the Soviets. I needed to refresh my memory on the whole idea and came across the following interesting article. It was written by a Marine that was assigned to oversee transcriptions of some of the Nixon tapes.
I'll read this tonight
Interesting article. The resemblance to Iraq, in the media's treatment, is unsettling.
What suprised me in this segment is the huge influence of Kissinger. Nixon did a complete turnaround from his original take based on a few words from Kissinger on Pakistan/India and the origins of WW1.
Kissinger is the more interesting character in this segment. He is the one making policy.