DISCUSSION: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Nixon’s Visit to China

February 24th, 2022, 8pm EST (February 25th, 9am Beijing)

via Zoom Webinar


Ambassador Nicholas Platt, member of Nixon’s delegation

Ambassador Chas Freeman, member of Nixon’s delegation

Wang Jisi, President, Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, Founding President, US-China Education Trust as commentator

Moderated By

Harry Harding, University Professor and Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia; former Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

President Richard Nixon’s dramatic week-long visit to China in February 1972 was a critical step towards the normalization of relations between the United States and China. The first US president to visit the People’s Republic of China since its establishment in 1949, Nixon’s meetings with China’s leaders ended decades of mutual isolation and hostility between the two countries and began the process of re-establishing diplomatic ties. Now, 50 years later, we invite you to join us as a panel of members of the original Nixon delegation and other China experts reexamines this watershed moment. The panel will discuss the significance of the trip, the state of the US-China relations today, and the outlook for what many consider the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world.