CHINA’S ROAD TO POWER
By Al Duncan
February 18, 2011
Without this 40-year plan executed by our political leaders, China would still be a third-world country.
Back in the 1950s, President Richard Nixon was a staunch anti-communist. In Jan. 1969, one week into his presidency, Nixon met with his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, Rockefeller’s right-hand man, and immediately thereafter Communist China was moved into high-priority status. In July 1971 Kissinger secretly visited Beijing during a trip to Pakistan, and laid the groundwork for Nixon’s visit to China.
Nixon’s 1972 visit to the People’s Republic of China was an important step in formally normalizing relations between the United States and China. It marked the first time a U.S. president had visited the People’s Republic of China, who at that time considered the U.S. one of its staunchest foes. The visit has become a metaphor for an unexpected or uncharacteristic action by a politician.
After Nixon’s visit he spoke about what this meant for the two countries in the future:
“This was the week that changed the world, as what we have said in that Communique is not nearly as important as what we will do in the years ahead to build a bridge across 16,000 miles and 22 years of hostilities which have divided us in the past. And what we have said today is that we shall build that bridge.”