Journey to Peace: Richard Nixon, Zhou Enlai, and the Opening to China
Exhibit at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, open through May 26, 2003
Thursday, March 20, 2003
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
When President Nixon met Premier Zhou Enlai at Capital Airport in Beijing in February 1972, their handshake made history. There had been no diplomatic relations between the two nations since 1949. President Nixon, Chairman Mao Zedong, and Premier Zhou had all come to the same conclusion. Neither nation could benefit from continued estrangement, while both would benefit from establishing a new relationship.
Through original documents, rare photographs (many seen in this exhibit for the first time), and other objects, "Journeys to Peace" tells the story of the three leaders, their diverse paths toward the summit, and their shared goals of reconciliation, peace, and progress for their peoples.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a film narrated by Julie Nixon Eisenhower and featuring never-before-seen footage of her parents' historical visit. The exhibit will also present life-sized statues of the President and Premier showing the instant of their first handshake as well as videotaped greetings from President Bush and Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
The brainchild of Mrs. Eisenhower, "Journeys To Peace" was organized by the Ministry of Culture and the State Bureau of Cultural Relics of the People's Republic of China and the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace and sponsored by the Reader's Digest Foundation.
Cost: Admission is charged. See the Nixon Library website for details http://www.nixonfoundation.org/Directions.shtml
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