Daily Archives: February 21, 2012

Nixon meets with Mao in Peking 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Video: Nixon meets with Mao (at 6:29)

(Monday, February 21, 1972, 2:50 p.m. local time, 1:50 a.m. EST) — U.S. President Richard M. Nixon began his mission to Communist China today with an unscheduled talk with Party Chairman Mao Tse-tung.

Upon meeting Nixon for the first time, Mao, speaking through his translator, said to Nixon: “I believe our old friend Chiang Kai-shek would not approve of this.”