To Review History And Look Into The Future – Nixon Foundation Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Nixon’s China Trip

Launches yearlong a series of of commemorative activities

YORBA LINDA, February 24 , 2022 – About 400 leaders of the Southern California Chinese-American community are gathering at the Nixon Library this evening to mark the 50th Anniversary of President Nixon’s China trip.

Dr. Henry Kissinger

PRC Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang (Keynote Speech https://lapost.us/?p=45306)

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,

The event on Thursday was attended by Dr. Henry Kissinger who leads the commemoration with virtual remarks. In-person remarks are 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 is the first visit to the U.S. West Coast by Ambassador Qin Gang.

A Celebratory Dinner Honoring the 50th Anniversary of President Nixon’s Historic Journey to China. Click here to watch the event.

PRC Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang (Middle); Consul General Zhang Ping(Right 2)

Mr. Charlie Zhang and his wife

Ming Hsie (Left 3); Clayton Dube (Left 2); Marina Tse (Right 1)

Committee100 members Lily Chen, John Chiang, Richard Y. Lee, X. Rick Niu, Stewart Kwoh

Internation New Agency Chiefs from China Xinhua (Middle), Kyodo News of Japan (right) and LAPostLeft

OC Music and Dance

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.

Fifty years ago, Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit the People’s Republic of China since its founding in 1949. After 22 years of mutual isolation and hostility, the trip transformed the world. From February 21-28, 1972, U.S. president Richard Nixon met with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai, and traveled through Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai. In addition to formally normalizing relations between the U.S. and P.R.C., it was the first time the U.S. public had seen images of China since 1949.

“The week that changed the world” melted the ice of estrangement between China and the United States and concluded with the Shanghai Communique, establishing principles for the development of bilateral relations.

The event, co-hosted by the xxx and the Richard Nixon Foundation. The Richard Nixon Foundation is based at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California.

 

A Celebratory Dinner Honoring the 50th Anniversary of President Nixon’s Historic Journey to China. Click here to watch the event.