Flags of the US and China behind a row of mikes.

Nixon’s China Visit and the Shanghai Communiqué

November 6, 2021

The drafting of the “Shanghai communiqué” was beset by deep disagreements within the American delegation, leading to intervention by Zhou Enlai and a document that was a masterpiece of diplomatic obfuscation and ambiguity. […]

Photo of Mao Zedong and Lin Biao surrounded by Red Guards.

Mao Zedong, Work Teams, and the Red Guards

October 8, 2021

Mao re-entered the Chinese political scene with a splash. On July 16, 1966, after several months of absence, his photo was spread across the front page of the People’s Daily—swimming in the Yangzi River. […]

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