“Only Nixon Could Go to China”

In July 1971, U.S. President Richard Nixon made a stunning announcement. He planned to go to China in 1972, ending decades of animosity between the two countries. Many of his fellow Republicans were horrified. The press was cautiously optimistic. Nixon himself believed the trip would play an important role in his strategy of Cold War détente.

What happened during Nixon’s February 1972 trip to China? Nixon would call it “the week that changed the world.”

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