BONUS: Richard Nixon's Remarks upon Returning from People's Republic of China | February 28, 1972
Uh in february one thousand nine hundred seventy two president richard m nixon shocked the world when he traveled to the people's republic of china remember china had been closed off for over two decades from the rest of the world in many saw them as espousing a radical version of communism one. That was even more dangerous than that espoused. By the soviet union restored. Nixon had risen to the presidency with a reputation as a stern anti-communist and yet he became the first american president to visit the people's republic of china. It was a historic moment. As the leader of the world's most powerful capitalist democratic country met mao zedong the communist dictator of the most populous country in the world by this time the former anti-communist firebrand richard nixon. now saw himself as a statesman. who would usher in a new era of peace. He had said in his first inaugural address that the greatest title that history could bestow was that of peacemaker and when richard nixon returned from the people's republic of china he believed that he had attained that very title. In this speech. Richard nixon had just returned from china and arrived at andrews air force base and was greeted by a crowd and vice president spiro. Agnew he is at the peak of his diplomatic power and at the pinnacle of his presidency. As you listen to the speech think about how president richard nixon believed that he was ushering a new age of peace. An a new foreign policy for the united states one based on realism and co existence with the communist powers. Many of america's is in the region like taiwan and japan were concerned that president nixon's opening to china would mean a reduced commitment from the united states. Listen to how. President nixon tries to assuage their fears. And reinforce america's commitment to its allies and also listened to the optimism about the new relations between the united states and china. I can't help but thinking about modern day developments with china and how these remarks look in hindsight with what's happened between the united states and china in recent years. Enjoy the show you want over two hundred ninety channels eighty thousand on demand titles into record up to sixteen shows at once. Are you searching for a reliable tv provider. That has all your favorite shows. Look no further than dish tv dishes. Setup is also integrated with netflix amazon prime and youtube. So you can switch between with ease and watch on your time. Plus a free voice remote in dvr's included with your dish service dish has also been ranked number one in customer satisfaction by j.d. Power for three straight years if you're interested in dish tv visit. Www dot dish dot com. That's www dot dish dot com dish tuned into you. This episode is brought to you by hp plus in a world full of smart devices. Shouldn't your printer be smart to it. Is with hp plus these printers know when they're running low so you always get the inky meat delivered right when you needed. Plus you save up to fifty percent on inc so you can print whatever you want as much as you want anytime you want. Let is pretty smart. Get six months of instant inc when you choose. Hp plus conditions apply visit hp dot com slash smart for details february twenty eighth nineteen seventy-two andrews air force base maryland president. Richard nixon's remarks upon returning from the people's republic of china. Mr vice president members of the congress members of the cabinet members of the diplomatic corps. Ladies and gentlemen. I want to express my very deep appreciation. the ration- of all of us for this wonderful warm. Welcome that you've given us and for the support that we have had on the trip that we just completed from americans of both political parties in all walks of life across this land and because of the superb efforts of the hard-working members of the press will company us. They got even less sleep than i did. Millions of americans in this past week have seen more of china than idea. Consequently tonight i would like to talk to you about what we saw but about what. We did to sum up the results of the trip and to put it in perspective. When i announced this trip last july i described it as a journey for peace. In the last thirty years americans have in three different war off the hundreds of thousands to fight and some the died in asia under the one of the central motives behind my journey to china was to prevent that from happening a fourth time to another generation of americans. As i've often said peace means more than the mirror absence of war in a technical sense we were at peace with the people's republic of of china before this track but a gulf of almost thousand miles and twenty two years of non-communication and hostility separated the united states of america from the seven hundred and fifty million people who live in the people's republic of china. And that's one fourth of all the people in the world. As a result of this trip we have started the long process of building a bridge across that goal. And even now we have something better than the mere absence of war. Not only have. We completed a week of intensive talks at the highest levels. We have set up a procedure whereby we can continue to have discussions in the future. We have demonstrated that nations with very deep and fundamental differences can learn to discuss those differences calmly rationally and frankly without compromising their principles. This is the basis of a structure for peace where we can talk about differences rather than fight about. The primary goal of this trip was reestablish communication with the people's republic of china after generation of are still we achieve that goal. Let me turn out to our joint communicate. We did bring back. Any written or unwritten agreements that will guarantee peace in our time. We do not bring home any magic formula which will make unnecessary efforts of the american people to continue to maintain the strength so that we can continue to be free. We made some necessary and important beginnings however in several we entered a new agreements to expand cultural educational and journalistic contacts between the chinese. And the american people. We agreed to work to begin and broaden trade between our two countries. We have agreed that the communications that have now been established between our governments will be strengthened and expanded most important. We have agreed on some rules of international kahn which will reduce the risk of confrontation and war in asia and in the pacific. We agreed that we are opposed the domination of the pacific area by any one power. We agree that international dispute should be settled without the use of a threat of force and we agreed that we are prepared to apply this principle to our mutual relations with respect to taiwan stated are established policy. Got our forces. Overseas will be reduced gradually as tensions ease and at our ultimate objective is to withdraw forces as a peaceful settlement is a chain. We've agreed that we will not negotiate the faint of other nations behind their backs and we did not do so. It became there. Were no secret deals of any kind. We have done all this without giving up any united states commitment to any other country in our talks talks. I had with the leaders of the people's republic that the secretary of state had with the office of the government of the people's republic in the foreign affairs area. We both realized that a bridge understanding that spans almost twelve thousand miles and twenty two years in about stability can't be built in one week of discussions but we have agreed to begin to build that brand recognizing that our work will require years of patient after we made no attempt to pretend that major differences did not exist between our two governments because they do exist. This communique was unique in honestly setting forth differences rather than trying to cover them up with diplomatic. Double talk one of the gifts that we left behind on job was planted. Sapling of the american redwood tree as all californians no and most americans know redwoods grow from saplings into the giants in the forest but the process is not one of days or even years it is a process of centuries just as we hope that those saplings those tiny saplings that we left in china will grow one day the mighty redwoods so we hope to that. The seeds planted on this journey for peace will grow and prosper into a more enduring structure for peace and security in the western pacific but peace. Peace is to urgent to wait. For centuries we must seize the moment to move toward that goal now and this is what we have done on this journey as i am sure you realize it was a great experience for us to see the timeless wonders of ancient china. The changes that are being made in modern trend and one fact stands out among many others from my talks with chinese leaders. It is their total belief their total dedication to their system of government. That is their right. Just as is the right of any country that choose the kind of government at once. But as i return from this trip justice has been the case on my return from other trips abroad. Which have taken me to over eighty countries. I come back to america with an even stronger faith in our system of government. I flew across america today. All the way from alaska over the rockies the planes and then onto washington i thought of the greatness of our country and most of all i thought of the freedom the opportunity the progress that two hundred million americans are privileged to enjoy. I realized again. This is a beautiful country and tonight my prayer. My hope is that as a result of this trip our children will have a better chance to grow up and peaceful. Were thank you. Since we launched this american president in two thousand seventeen spent countless hours of effort to bring you compelling stories and lessons from history. We want to keep giving you the best content possible. 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