President Nixon visits China (185 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume Modern Chinese Writing and Culture, 1900-present.


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. The visit, a …

Richert, Lucas Paul. "President Nixon visits China". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 October 2008
[, accessed 28 October 2016.]