Today in History: Nixon Announces Visit to Communist China
On this day in 1971, Nixon announces visit to communist China.
During a live television and radio broadcast, President Richard Nixon stunned the nation by announcing that he would visit communist China the following year.
The statement marked a dramatic turning point in U.S.-China relations, as well as a major shift in American foreign policy.
Nixon was not always so eager to reach out to China. However, since the Communists came to power in China in 1949, Nixon had been one of the most influential critics of American efforts to establish diplomatic relations with the Chinese.