The Sources of CCP Conduct

The Chinese Communist Party is hard-wired for hostile expansion—and it poses a threat to the free world unlike any since George Kennan's time.

In his Long Telegram to the State Department in 1946, Wisconsin's George Kennan argued that the nature of the Soviet regime led to irreconcilable differences with the United States. Soviet leaders were “committed fanatically to the belief that with [the United States] there can be no permanent modus vivendi.” In order to preserve their own power, it was necessary to break “the international authority of [the American] state.” Dealing with this threat, in Kennan's view, would be the “greatest task our diplomacy has ever faced and probably greatest it will ever have to face.”

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