Richard Nixon's Trip To China

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The history-rewriting trip launched by the former President Richard Nixon to the People’s Republic of China in 1972 opened a new chapter in the Cold War and Sino-American relationships. Nixon himself referred to the trip at the time as “the week that changed the world”. Four years after his first trip, after having been ousted in 1974 due to the Watergate scandal, Nixon was invited to Beijing by Mao. Ever since then, Nixon has been seeking to rehabilitate his image by adhering to this diplomatic success and facilitating Sino-American conversations during the 1980s and 1990s.
Rather than a fixed “site of memory,” the memory of Nixon’s trips to China has been a living one, modified in pace with the changing times. As a historic
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