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Richard Nixon and Zhang Chunqiao, Toasts at Shanghai Banquet, February 27, 1972

February 27, 1972

Toast at the end of the President's historic trip. Followed the signing of the Shanghai Communiqué

Joint Communiqué of the United States of America and the People's Republic of China, February 27, 1972 (Shanghai Communiqué)

February 27, 1972

President Richard Nixon of the United States of America visited the People's Republic of China at the invitation of Premier Zhou Enlai of the People's Republic of China from February 21 to February 28, 1972. The Shanghai Communiqué was the first US-China joint statement outlining the basis of the relationship between the great powers.

Richard Nixon and Zhou Enlai, "Toasts at a Banquet Honoring the Premier," February 25, 1972

February 25, 1972

Banquet in the Great Hall of the People. The toasts were made shortly after 9 pm and were broadcast live via satellite to the United States.

Richard Nixon and Zhou Enlai, "Memorandum of Conversation," February 23, 1972 2-6 pm

February 23, 1972

The leaders spoke at the President's guesthouse in Beijing.

Richard Nixon and Zhou Enlai, "Memorandum of Conversation," February 22, 1972 2-6 pm

February 22, 1972

The leaders spoke in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong "Memorandum of Conversation," February 21, 1972, 2:50-3:55pm

February 21, 1972

President Nixon spoke with Chinese leaders at Chairman Mao's residence in Beijing.

Mao Zedong meets Richard Nixon, February 21, 1972

February 21, 1972

Declassified transcript of the Beijing meeting between China's leader and America's. It took place in Chairman Mao's living quarters.

Richard Nixon, Press Conference on the Trip to China, February 10, 1972

February 10, 1972

Held at the White House. This was Richard Nixon's 22nd press conference. In addition to discussing the trip to China, there were questions raised concerning the war in Vietnam, the frequency of the president's news conferences, recognition of Bangladesh, and other matters.

Richard Nixon, "The Journey to Peking," from the Third Annual Report to the Congress on U.S. Foreign Policy, February 9, 1972

February 9, 1972

Part of a larger report on U.S. foreign policy. The report was delivered to Congress only days before Nixon left for China.

Henry Kissinger and Huang Zhen, "Meeting in Paris," August 16, 1971

August 16, 1971

National Security Adviser Kissinger met with Huang Zhen, China's Ambassador to France. Winston Lord prepared this memorandum which was approved by Kissinger on August 28.



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