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Great Grain Robbery

Twenty years after China went Communist (in 1949), its relationship with the Soviet Union (the mother of communism) had turned sour. China had backed the Communist North Koreans in the Korean War (1950 to 1953) and the Soviet Union did not like that. The Soviet Union backed North Vietnam against the French, then South Vietnam, then the USA and the Chinese Communists (ChiComs) did not like that. Both Communist regimes were struggling to survive and poor crop production made for a lot of hungry people.

Meanwhile, down on the farm in the Midwest, the USDA was guaranteeing farmers a profit on corn and wheat (soybeans were a hay crop in those days). Naturally, farmers grew much more corn and wheat than the market needed, so Uncle Sam bought all the excess and stored it in bins all across the Corn Belt.

President Richard Nixon and Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz (of Purdue), knew something had to be done before the US government went broke storing grain. So, in 1970, Nixon began sweet talking the ChiComms. After all, they had more than one billion people and most of them were hungry every day of their lives. Nixon also knew the Soviets would not like China getting sweet with the USA and they would become more agreeable on every issue on the table.

The whole world was astounded, in late 1971, when it was announced Nixon was going to China in February 1972 to begin the process of establishing diplomatic relations with the ChiComms, something the ChiComms desperately wanted.

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