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Nixon's Visit to China and the Shanghai Communique

President Nixon arrived in Beijing as the first American head of state ever to set foot on the Chinese Mainland. Nixon, Kissinger, and others met with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, and at the end of the weeklong visit the two sides issued the Shanghai Communiqué. In this document the United States and China stated their positions on a number of issues, including joint opposition to the Soviet Union, the U.S. intention to withdraw its military from Taiwan, and U.S. support for a “peaceful settlement of the Taiwan question by the Chinese themselves.”
This began the process of full normalization of relations between the United States and the PRC.
Contact Info: 
U.S. Department of State
Type of Exchange: 
United States and Chinese Governments
Participants (Types): 
government officials
Exchange Date: 
Monday, February 21, 1972
Level of Government: 
Beijing, China
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