Richard Nixon’s visit to China in February 1972 changed the course of history. It was also a milestone in the world of journalism. It profoundly transformed American and international perceptions of China, consolidated the public support Nixon needed to change U.S. policy, and laid the groundwork for the Chinese government’s gradual moves to open the country to greater international media coverage.
Only as leaders in both Beijing and Washington work to develop the positive factors in the relationship – while managing the areas of conflict – can they avoid the great costs that would come with a return to confrontation. This is the great contemporary challenge of managing US-China relations.
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