Richard Nixon prided himself on his mastery of foreign affairs, both as President and as a senior statesman. An accomplishment of which he was most proud was his opening to China, both because it allowed the U.S. to use the “China card” to balance out a rising Soviet Union, and for the sake of bringing China into the world community. His legacy in that field is widely recognized, recently in a paper: “Robert Kaplan On The New Balance Of Power.” In it, “Kaplan predicts that whoever is elected the next U.S. president, whether Republican or Democrat, will evolve sooner or later into something very Nixonian in terms of foreign policy. After the first year, whoever is elected is going to be a power balancer.”