Detente. From the French se detendre…. To Relax. What is it? . Describes a relaxing of tensions between the Cold War Superpowers Involves international relations on a number of levels Arms Race E. Europe China/USSR/US. Why?…. In part due to Sino-Soviet tension of early 1960’s
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From the French se detendre….
US-China relations hostile
Modest aid to N. Vietnam
PRC part of UN Security Council
Kissinger makes secret trips to China
-- John Lewis Gaddis in “The Cold War: A New Cold War History” 2005