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        President Nixon Visits China: 1972

        When President Nixon entered office, the United States had not had any formal diplomatic relations with China since 1949 when the Communist Party, led by Mao Zedong, won China's civil war. The images in this media gallery are from President Nixon's historic trip to China in 1972 that resulted from his decision to completely reverse the United States' diplomatic relationship with Communist China.

        President Richard Nixon and Premier Chou En-lai

        Photograph of President Richard Nixon and Premier Chou En-lai in 1972

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        Menu from Dinner Given During President Nixon’s Visit to Peking, China

        This menu was printed for a formal dinner hosted by President Richard Nixon and Mrs. Nixon for Chinese Premier Chou En-lai during the President’s trip to Beijing in February 1972. The formal visit launched improved relations between the United States and China after decades of the Cold War.

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        President and Mrs. Nixon’s arrival in Peking, China. Nixon reviewing troops at the airport

        President and Mrs. Nixon’s arrival in Peking, China. Nixon reviewing troops at the airport in 1972.

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        President Nixon meets with China’s Communist Party Leader, Mao Tse-Tung

        President Nixon meets with China’s Communist Party Leader, Mao Tse-Tung in 1972.

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        President and Mrs. Nixon visit the Great Wall of China and the Ming tombs

        President and Mrs. Nixon visit the Great Wall of China and the Ming tombs in 1972.

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