President Nixon visits China

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  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)

Historical Context Note

President Richard Nixon, who considered himself a foreign policy president, made significant inroads in harmonizing relations between the United States and the Peoples Republic of China. After a number of low key diplomatic contacts in 1970, the stage was set for more substantial Sino-American diplomatic talks in 1971. Nixon therefore sent his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, to engage in secret talks. ‘Ping-pong’ diplomacy, in 1971-1972, was the best representation of renewed relations. This ‘diplomacy’ saw the American and Chinese table tennis teams face-off in Shanhai. The U.S/Chinese was best exemplified by President Nixon’s historic visit to China in February and March of 1972. …

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Citation:
Richert, Lucas Paul. "President Nixon visits China". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 October 2008
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