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Nixon in China: the trip that changed the Cold War

Rana Mitter discusses US president Richard Nixon’s 1972 trip to China – a visit that changed the course of the Cold War

Published: February 23, 2022 at 12:07 pm
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Fifty years ago this month, US president Richard Nixon embarked on a trip to China – a visit that marked a key moment in the thawing of relations between the two nations. Rana Mitter talks to Matt Elton about the 1972 visit, and how it changed the course of the Cold War.



Matt EltonDeputy Editor, BBC History Magazine

Matt Elton is BBC History Magazine’s Deputy Editor. He has worked at the magazine since 2012 and has more than a decade’s experience working across a range of history brands.


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