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The United States is one of the world's foremost superpowers. Henry Kissinger, the author, served for many years as a member of the United States government of which there are three branches - Executive, Judicial and Legislative. Kissinger served under Presidents Nixon and Ford, first as the National Security Advisor and then as Secretary of State. Both positions are high level and vital to the operation of the government, particularly in the area of foreign policy.

For the majority of the time period during which the book is set, the United States served as one of the predominant super powers. The relationship with China and, in turn, the Soviet Union - and later Russia - was crucial to developing international relationships, a new world order and free trade.

Despite the conflicts launched by China, the United States saw a need to keep positive relations with China...

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