Only these rivalries, rivalries, and rivalries between these countries have prevented a common challenge so far. But no wise politician can bet forever that this mutual restraint will end – especially as the Soviet Union is preparing to put an end to the rising challenges from the North. The President will soon be forced to prove that he knows how to be both wise and bold. AT THE TIME the incredible duo, Richard Nixon and Mao were in turmoil. Yorkshire A negative mind will never give you a positive life poster. China is almost swallowed up by the riots of the Cultural Revolution; American political consensus became tense due to the growing opposition to the Vietnam War. China faces the prospect of war on all its borders – especially the northern border, following the actual clashes between Soviet and Chinese forces. Nixon inherited the war in Vietnam and was forced to end, and his hold on the White House after the end of a decade was marked by assassinations and ethnic conflicts.