Assignment: China - The Week that Changed the World

January 31, 2012

Richard Nixon described his 1972 trip to China as "the week that changed the world." This segment in the USC U.S.-China Institute's series on American reporting on China focuses on coverage of that historic summit.

Zbigniew Brzezinski memo to Pres. Jimmy Carter, October 13, 1978

October 13, 1978

National Security Advisor Brzezinski asked Carter for decisions on questions relating to the effort to normalize U.S.-China relations and presented him with a draft of a statement they hoped to present to Chinese officials. The document was originally classified as top secret, but is now included in the State Department's History of the Foreign Relations of the United States. Carter accepted Brzezinski's recommendations.

NSC internal memo, Michel Oksenberg to Zbigniew Brzezinski, May 25, 1978

May 25, 1978

Michel Oksenberg was a China specialist on leave from the University of Michigan serving on the National Security Council staff. He wrote to his boss, National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski on his impressions of the trip Brzezinski had just made to Beijing. Oksensberg accompanied Brzezinski on the trip. Among the key points in his memo is the statement that Chinese leaders "tacitly" accepted that the United States would continue to sell arms to Taiwan.


October 29, 2020 - 4:00pm
The USC U.S.-China Institute and the USC Center on Transnational Law and Business look at what might be the aims of the next administration by focusing on technology, trade and investment ties.