Nixon Visit Paved Way for China Rise: author – David Ljunggren

From Reuters:

Almost 35 years after President startled the world by visiting a hitherto hostile China, the boldness of the trip and his meeting with Mao Zedong still capture the imagination.

The week-long visit in February 1972 has often been portrayed as a remarkable success that allowed a vehemently anti-communist U.S. president to repair ties with China, put pressure on the Soviet Union and help ease Washington’s path out of the Vietnam War.

……But prominent Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan — author of a new book on the event — suggests the Americans gave too much away to Beijing, only achieved mixed results and sowed the seeds for China’s formidable economic rise.
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Check out the background infomation: “1972 Nixon visit to China” from Wikipedia.

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