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Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, during the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

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Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Where China Is Changing Its Diplomatic Ways (at Least a Little)

| July 25, 2022

As relations with the United States and Europe plummet, China is starting a new wave of diplomacy in Africa, where it dominates trade with resource-rich nations and keeps friendly ties with mostly authoritarian leaders, unfettered by competition from the West.

In this Feb. 21, 1972, file photo, Chinese communist party leader Mao Tse-Tung, left, and U.S. President Richard Nixon shake hands as they meet in Beijing. Nixon's visit marked the first time an American president visited China. 

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News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

In "The Great Wager," Jane Perlez Connects the Dots from Nixon and Mao to Putin and Xi

| Mar. 09, 2022

As Russia's war on Ukraine continues and much of the world distances itself from Putin's violent attack on a democratic country, China's President Xi embraces Putin and his actions—a complete reversal of what former President Richard Nixon engineered with China's Chairman Mao 50 years ago.

In The Great Wager, a five-part documentary-style podcast, Belfer Center Fellow and China correspondent and bureau chief in Beijing for The New York Times from 2012 to 2019, joins with WBUR “Here and Now” host Scott Tong to peel back the curtain on Nixon’s historic trip to China in February 1972. They provide details about what happened—off-the-books meetings, divulged military secrets, spies, subterfuge, and a never-before reported secret visit to the CIA headquarters where the Chinese were shown maps of where spy stations would be located in China.