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Visit of US President Richard Nixon to China. Normalization between US and China begins.



1972, February 21


During his visit, President Nixon meets with Chairman Mao Zedong and holds talks with Premier Zhou Enlai. China and the U.S. issue a joint Communiqué in Shanghai (also known as the Shanghai Communiqué) on 28 February 1972. Concerning Taiwan, the U.S. side affirms the "One China Principle". The U.S. reaffirms their interest in a peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question.


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White House photo by Ollie Atkins. Source: National Archives and Records Administration. We assume that this work is in the public domain, because it is a work of the United States Government.


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