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“The Week That Changed the World”

Jussi Hanhimäki

in The Flawed Architect

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849994 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172218.003.0009
“The Week That Changed the World”

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The frequent forays to Beijing in 1972 were an indication of the significance that Kissinger placed on the new relationship with the People's Republic of China. The media called it a “journey of peace” or the “week that changed the world”. This chapter gives a detailed account of the discussions that transpired between the two countries regarding several issues such as the Vietnam War, Taiwan, and relationships with the Soviet Union. It also highlights the Shanghai Communiqué, a document that deals with most of the major issues of Sino-American relations. Also cited here is how the so-called journey of peace became one of the most successful public relation events of the Nixon presidency.

Keywords: Beijing; People's Republic of China; Vietnam War; Taiwan; Soviet Union; Nixon; Kissinger; Shanghai Communiqué

Chapter.  7813 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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