Former ABC Executive Producer Av Westin – who attended the premier of “Nixon in China” and was actually part of the press pool on the real trip – discusses how the 37th President’s diplomatic tour de force impacted the Cold War:

At the banquet Monday, I spoke to a guy who had been at the U.S. Embassy in the Soviet Union. And he said it was clear the Soviets were on the verge of panic because they found themselves isolated not only by their known enemy, the U.S., but by the other “potential enemy.” He thought that essentially was the change in the Cold War.