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Gateway leading toward the Emperor's Palace in Peking, 1895

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President Nixon Goes to China
February 21, 1972

On his visit to China, Nixon met with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai. The two leaders agreed to expand cultural contacts between their two nations. Nixon also established plans for a permanent U.S. trade mission in China.

The U.S. had become first interested in having political and economic ties with China in the 19th century. Japan attacked China in 1894-1895. As a result, Russia, France, Germany, and Great Britain wanted to protect their interests in China by carving up the country and each controlling one area. How do you think the U.S. felt about this?

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