NIXON, RICHARD

President Nixon Thanks a Congressman for Supporting his Diplomatic Efforts in China, One Week before his Historic Trip

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NIXON, RICHARD M.(1913-1994). Thirty‑seventh president of the United States. TLS. (“RN”). 1p. 8vo. Washington, D.C., February 14, 1972. On White House stationery blind embossed with the presidential seal. To Republican California Congressman DEL CLAWSON (1914-1992).

 

It was heartening to receive your strong expression of support for my January 25 Indochina peace initiatives contained in a letter of January 26, 1972, signed by a bi-partisan majority of the House of Representatives. I am confident history will record that support such as yours during these difficult times contributed significantly to our mutually shared goal – a full generation of peace. As I embark on my mission to Peking, I want you to know how much I deeply appreciate your thoughts…”

 

Following the 1949 proclamation of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese hostility toward the U.S. resulted in a total cessation of diplomatic relations for more than two decades. America continued to acknowledge Chiang Kai-Shek’s defeated government in exile in Taiwan and Mao Zedong, who overthrew him, maintained a vocal and strident anti-American policy. As the Cold War continued, relations further deteriorated. However, as the People’s Republic parted ways with the U.S.S.R. and the Vietnam War dragged on, China appeared to be a potential U.S. ally. In July 1971, Nixon’s national security advisor Henry Kissinger secretly negotiated Nixon’s historic trip to the People’s Republic of China. From February 21-28, 1972, President Nixon traveled throughout the country, becoming the first U.S. president to do so, and meeting with Chairman Mao and Premier Zhou En-lai in the hope of normalizing diplomatic relations. In addition to the diplomatic discussions, the Nixons visited the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and observed an exhibition of gymnastics, badminton and table tennis. America’s improved relationship with China is considered one of the top diplomatic accomplishments of Nixon’s presidency. The effect of Nixon’s historic trip are felt to this day as China is the United States’ leading trading partner as well as the holder of an enormous amount of America’s debt obligations.

 

Clawson served as mayor of Compton, California prior to representing Nixon’s home state in Congress, first in the House of Representatives from 1963-1975 and then in the Senate from 1975-1978.

 

Folded once and in excellent condition.

 


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