Today, as President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco, we turn to the words of President Richard Nixon whose groundbreaking 1972 trip to China to meet with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai opened modern U.S relations with China.
For two decades after his presidency, Richard Nixon continued to write and offer commentary on world affairs. A month before he died in April 1994, he wrote a letter to then-President Bill Clinton. In his eulogy of President Nixon, President Clinton referred to the former president’s “wise counsel, especially with regard to Russia.”
In President Nixon’s 1983 post-presidential interviews with Frank Gannon, we get some insight into the advice he might offer President Biden today in his meeting with the leader of China.