50 years ago today President and Mrs. Nixon landed on Air Force One in Beijing to begin their historic visit to the People’s Republic of China.
Foundation Events Planned
On Thursday, February 24, 2022, 300 leaders of the Southern California Chinese-American community will gather at the Nixon Library to mark the 50th Anniversary of President Nixon’s trip.
Dr. Henry Kissinger will lead the commemoration with virtual remarks. In-person remarks will be delivered by current and former American and Chinese government officials and diplomats including The Honorable Elaine Chao who served as the first Chinese-American member of a President’s Cabinet, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor and 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation, former U.S. Ambassador to the PRC Stapleton Roy, and PRC Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang. This will be the first visit to the U.S. West Coast by Ambassador Qin Gang.
This is the first of several events throughout 2022 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the boldest geopolitical happenings of the 20th century. Throughout the year, the Nixon Foundation will serve as a convening authority for open, honest, and candid conversation to understand how and why President Nixon’s trip to the PRC was central to his visionary foreign policy, to drive a wedge between China and the Soviet Union and win the Cold War.
The Foundation plans to convene forums that engage policymakers in the United States with pragmatic ideas to guide the relationship today.
DESTINATION CHINA • April 11, 2022
How did a country with limited power and primitive communications in the throes of orthodox communism play host to more than 300 media outlets, a barrage of government officials — and the President of the United States? We’ll relive what it took to get President Nixon to China with those who were at his side.
2022 TOURISM SUMMIT • August 2022
In Summer 2022, we’ll gather tourism officials and industry leaders to chart a path forward.
THE WORLD IS CHANGING: THE U.S. AND CHINA TODAY
November 2022 Policy Conference in Washington, DC
Though his visit 50 years ago was “the week that changed the world,” President Nixon understood that the world is always changing.
The Nixon Foundation will host a national policy conference in Washington to spotlight the 50th anniversary of the U.S. – China relationship and convene subject matter experts.
Today’s 50th Anniversary In The News:
From Financial Times: Nixon in China: are these lessons for today’s leaders?
From History.com: How Nixon’s 1972 Visit to China Changed the Balance of Cold War Power
From Bloomberg: China Should Remember Lessons of Nixon Visit
From Washington Post Video Footage: 1972: Nixon visits the Great Wall of China
South China Morning post: ‘Foundation of ties’: Beijing hails 50th anniversary of Nixon in China
From The Wire China: Nixon’s Visit, In Living Color
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