China: A Decade of Measured Progress

Despite new Sino-American ties, Taiwan remains a problem

Richard Nixon called it "the week that changed the world," and he was not exaggerating. On Feb. 28, 1972, at the close of the American President's historic trip to China, he and his host, Premier Chou Enlai, signed the Shanghai Communiqué calling for a renewal of relations between the U.S. and China, implacable enemies since the Communist takeover of the mainland in 1949. The agreement led to an immediate exchange of diplomats by the two nations that had fought so bitterly on the battlefields of...

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