June 2014

The Shanghai “Joint Communiqué” (February 27, 1972)

In February 1972, President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China captured the world’s attention. The trip was filled with photo-ops, including President Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong engaging in cordial conversation. The most important diplomatic outcome of the visit was the issuance of the “Joint Communiqué” on Sino-American relations. – M.B. Masur, St. Anselm College


Margaret MacMillan, Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World (New York, 2007).