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In February of 1972, US President Richard Nixon visited China and opened up the door for the normalization of Sino-US relations. Picture shows Premier Zhou Enlai welcomed President Richard Nixon at Beijing airport.

In February of 1972, US President Richard Nixon visited China and opened up the door for the normalization of Sino-US relations. Picture shows Premier Zhou Enlai welcomed President Richard Nixon at Beijing airport.

On February 21, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon arrives in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, on the first presidential visit to the world’s most populous nation. Given that the U.S. federal government had formally opposed China’s communist government since it took power in 1949, Nixon was also the first president to visit a nation not recognized by the United States.

On February 22, 1972, Premier Zhou Enlai and President Nixon held talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

On February 22, 1972, Premier Zhou Enlai and President Nixon held talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

In Beijing, President Nixon met with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai.

At the Shanghai Communique on February 27, Nixon and the Chinese premier agreed to lessen the risk of war, expand cultural contacts between the two nations, and establish a permanent U.S. trade mission in China. In addition, the United States acknowledged China’s “one-China” policy and agreed to a gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from the island of Taiwan. The two leaders also secretly discussed ways in which they could cooperate to check the growth of Soviet power in Asia and elsewhere.

Nixon’s trip to China was not all business.

Former U.S. president Richard Nixon toasts with Chinese Prime Minister, Chou En Lai in February 1972 in Beijing during his official visit in China.

Former U.S. president Richard Nixon toasts with Chinese Prime Minister, Chou En Lai in February 1972 in Beijing during his official visit in China.

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4 responses

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    If it had not been for Watergate, today I think Nixon would have been looked back upon as a great president. Going to China was a bold step forward.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Too bad he showed poor judgement when running for President because I too think he was a good President.

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  3. Birgit says:

    Of course we all know the bad Nixon which is always talked about and can’t be disputed but he made inroads with China and he was secretly asked to help in the 80’s and redeemed himself somewhat in the end of his life.

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