The United States did not formally recognize the People’s Republic of China until 1979, more than 30 years after its founding. But the first-ever official state visit between Communist China and the US actually took place several years earlier: In February 1972, then-president Richard Nixon visited China in a ground-breaking détente famously brokered by Henry…

via These photos perfectly illustrate how US-China relations have hardened in the past 40 years — Quartz

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