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April 10, 1971
A U.S. delegation of Ping Pong players left the 31st World Tennis Championship in Japan left for a trip to China, the first such civilian exchange since the U.S. and China closed off relations. This team included 15 Americans, led by Rufford Harrison. Members icluded Rufford Harrison, Tim Boggan, George Buben, Jack Howard, John Tannchill, Errol Resek, Glenn Cowan, George Braithwaite, Connie Sweeris, Judy Bochenski, and Olga Soltesz. Three American journalists also accompanied the team.
May 13, 1971
Plant physiologist Arthur W. Galston and micro-biologist Etham R. Signer visited China by invitation after a visit to Vietnam. They were met by Chinese scientists and members of the China Travel and Tourism Administrative Bureau. Their visit included trips to Peking University; No. 3 school for the deaf and mute; the Peking west city district semi-conductor equipment plant; No. 3 hospital of the Peking Medical college and the Peking No. 3 cotton mill. They also visited various scientific institutions and centers for research.
May 24, 1971
Premier Chou En Lai met with Americans living in Beijing over a friendly dinner. This included William H. Hinton, wife Joanne Hinton, and daughter Carmelita Hinton who was studying in Peking; Frank and Ruth Coe; Dr. George Hatem; Erwin Engat and wife Joan Hinton and son Fred Engst. Various Chinese government members were also present.
July 9, 1971
For the first time since 1949, a leading U.S. official visited China to engage with diplomatic discussions with the P.R.C. Henry Kissinger visited Peking to negotiate a later visit by President Nixon to China.
July 9, 1971
After several rounds of backdoor diplomacy through go-betweens, National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger made a secret trip to the PRC in order to meet with Zhou Enlai and other senior Chinese leaders to pave the way for a visit by President Nixon.
July 21, 1971
A delegation from the U.S. Black Workers Congress visited China under invitation by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Members of the delegation included leader James Fourman, Muhammed Kenyatta, and Helen Jones.
September 21, 1971
A delegation of the Revolutionary Union of the United States of America visited Peking by invitation. Their delegation also included Pablo Y. Guzman, head of the Young Lords Party of America.
September 22, 1971
American internal and preventative medicine doctor Victor W. Sidel and his wife visited China at the invitation of the Chinese Medical Association.
September 29, 1971
Black Panther Party leaders Huey Newton, Elaine Brown, and Robert Bay visited Peking at the invitation of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
October 6, 1971
Premier Chou En Lai, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee Kuo Mo Jo, head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee Keng Piao, and Vice President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries met with over 70 American citizens for conversation.