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Nixon's China Game | Article

Who Said That?

The language of politicians can be remarkably similar from country to country, even when the cultures of countries are as disparate as those of United States and China.
On this page you'll be presented with six quotes from Richard Nixon, Mao Tse-tung, and Chou En-lai. It's up to you to figure out who said what. 

1. "A United States defeat in Vietnam means a Communist victory."

Mao or Nixon?

2. "After a period of confrontation, we are entering an era of negotiation."

Nixon or Chou?

3. "At the present time it has become a strong desire of the Chinese and American peoples to promote the normalization of relations between the two countries and work for the relaxation of tension. The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history. We are confident that the day will surely come when this common desire of our two peoples will be realized."

Nixon or Chou?

4. "You have opened a new chapter in the relations of the American and Chinese people."

Nixon or Chou?

5. "What we have done is broken the ice. Now we have to test the water to see how deep it is."

Nixon or Chou?

6. "In the coming year, I will carefully examine what further steps we might take to create broader opportunities for contacts between the Chinese and American peoples, and how we might remove needless obstacles to the realization of these opportunities."

Nixon or Chou?



Answer Key:

1. Richard Nixon. March 15, 1965

2. Richard Nixon, January 20, 1969 Inaugural address

3. Chou En-lai toast to visiting presidential party, February 21, 1972

4. Chou En-lai to visiting U.S. Table Tennis Team, April 14, 1971

5. Nixon at a press conference, responding to a question on the future of U.S. China relations, April 29, 1971

6. Richard Nixon, second annual State of the World Report to Congress, February 25, 1971

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