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February 21, 1972: President Richard Nixon visits the People’s Republic of China


Diplomatic ping pong

If an analyst had predicted in early 1971 that US President Richard Nixon would visit the People’s Republic of China, he would probably have been called crazy.

Indeed, from the beginning of his political career, Richard Nixon had been an anti-Communist and an implacable opponent of the Chinese Communist revolution.

For him, it has long been out of the question for the United States to diplomatically recognize the People’s Republic of China.

Canadian female hockey players with a gold medal on shot.

Woman of Today, January 4, 1972

However, as host Aline Desjardins points out in this excerpt from the program woman of today of January 4, 1972, 1971 became the year in which the great thaw in Sino-American relations began.

And this revival of relations between the United States and China begins, very surprisingly, thanks to ping-pong competitions!

From April 7 to 17, 1971, a team of American table tennis players was invited to the People’s Republic of China.

In addition to playing matches in front of large audiences, the team visits the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace in Beijing.

In July 1971, President Nixon’s national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, secretly visited the People’s Republic of China.

He discusses with the Beijing government the possible settlement of the very thorny issues of the status of Taiwan and the American war against North Vietnam, a communist state.

These various exchanges allow President Nixon to envisage the unthinkable.

Global stability requires breaking the international isolation of the People’s Republic of China.

He will therefore go to communist China.

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A visit that upsets the international political game

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A quote from Richard Nixon, February 21, 1972

President Richard Nixon steps onto Chinese soil on February 21, 1972.

Canadian female hockey players with a gold medal on shot.

1972 International Year in Review, December 29, 1972

This visit is told in some detail in a segment of the show 1972 International Year Review December 29, 1972 narrated by journalists Bernard Derome and Jean-Paul Nolet.

During this visit, Richard Nixon meets the historic leader of the revolution and President of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong.

The US president also has several talks with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai.

The images of these meetings are broadcast to the four corners of the world.

During these one-on-ones, the three statesmen discuss the political and ideological differences between their nations.

On both sides, efforts are being made to iron out the conflicts, which would allow a rapprochement between Washington and Beijing.

President Nixon and the American delegation also visit several symbolic places in China, notably the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, and praise the renewed Sino-American friendship.

The segment also discusses the possible consequences of President Nixon’s historic visit to the People’s Republic of China.

One of these consequences could be the end of the bipolar world in which the United States and the communist bloc have clashed since 1945.

And sounds the end of a bipolar world

An essential factor explains the rapprochement between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.

The People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union, the two giants of the communist bloc, see each other more and more as adversaries, even as declared enemies.

In 1969, several border incidents brought the Chinese and Soviet armies face to face. We even feared that a war would break out.

The US President stands next to Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing on February 21, 1972.

News 24, September 26, 1972

Photo: TurnedNews.com

In a radio interview given to journalist Claude Sauvé during the program News 24 of September 26, 1972, Professor William Griffith, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), emphasizes the importance of this rivalry in the normalization of relations between Washington and Beijing.

The hostility towards Moscow has the effect of making the Chinese more pragmatic and causing them to look at Washington with a less ideological prism.

William Griffith recalls that history is full of alliances with seemingly incompatible partners.

At 16and century, the very Catholic King of France François Ier had allied himself with the Muslim sultan of the Ottoman Empire to counter the very Christian emperor Charles V of the Holy Germanic Empire.

Nixon’s visit allows China and the United States to create a tactical alliance against their common enemy, the Soviet Union, which can be very effective, says the American specialist.

A few years later, the 1er January 1979, after almost 30 years of rupture, the United States and the People’s Republic of China reestablish their diplomatic relations.

Today, the ups and downs of China-US relations are crucially influencing global stability and peace at the start of 21and century.

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