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The issuance of Shanghai Communiqué
By:SPAFFC  |  From:SPAFFC  |  2019-12-27 19:14


  The issuance of the "Joint Communiqué between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America"


  This picture shows that Chairman Mao Zedong met with U.S. President Richard Nixon at Zhongnanhai in Beijing on February 21, 1972. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, remarkable changes occurred in the world situation. In view of the overall international environment at the time, both China and the U.S. had the intention to seek dialogue and contacts in different ways.

  From July 9 to 11, 1971, U.S. National Security Advisor Dr. Henry Kissinger made a secret visit to China and reached an agreement with the Chinese side on President Richard Nixon’s visit to China. On the morning of February 21, 1972, President Nixon and his wife and their party arrived in Shanghai and, after a short rest, they flew on to Beijing. Premier Zhou Enlai greeted them at the airport and Chairman Mao met with President Nixon at Zhongnanhai shortly after. President Nixon and his party arrived in Shanghai on February 28, and on the same day, the governments of the two countries officially issued the “Joint Communiqué between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America”.


  This is the front page of the People’s Daily on February 28, 1972. It is the “Joint Communiqué between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America”, also known as the “Shanghai Communiqué”. It symbolizes the beginning of normalization of China-U.S. relations.


  This picture shows that after the issuanceof the “Shanghai Communiqué”, Premier Zhou Enlai and President Richard Nixon raised glasses in celebration at Jin Jiang Hall.“Premier Zhou treating President Nixon with Maotailiquor and President Nixon becoming fond ofMaotai” is a tale relished by people even today.

  鸣谢:上海图书馆 上海锦江饭店