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The China History Podcast

Since 2010, Laszlo Montgomery has presented The China History Podcast, bringing you the greatest hits from ancient and modern Chinese History. 

Jun 29, 2020

In this episode we finish off the 1972 visit of Richard Nixon to the PRC.  The series finale looks at the exciting meeting between the two leaders, Nixon and Mao and relive "the week that changed the world." 

Jun 28, 2020

In Part 6 of this CHP 10-Year Anniversary Program looking back at the visit to China in 1972 of Richard Nixon, we're still in October 1971. 

Kissinger is deftly trying to get Zhou Enlai to back off on few points. Because the communique could not be finalized General Al Haig was sent back in January to nail down final...

Jun 26, 2020

The drama continues in this Part 5 episode.

Kissinger is briefing Nixon on his secret visit in July 1971.  Not everything was nailed down in this one single visit. 

It would take another trip in October to almost but not quite get all the negotiations and preparations taken care of. Nixon announced this breakthrough to...

Jun 23, 2020

Welcome back to the CHP 10-Year special bonus episodes that review US-China relations from 1969 to 1972.  This time in Part 4 we see how the talks in Beijing went between two very smooth operators: Zhou Enlai and Henry A. Kissinger. 

We'll close out the episode with Kissinger back in the States giving his boss, the...

Jun 20, 2020

Things are really heating up as we start Part 3 of this special 10-Year Anniversary special program.  In this episode, we re-live the drama of ping-pong diplomacy and breakthrough in the talks.  Zhou Enlai agrees to meet with Henry Kissinger. 

The dates of July 9-11, 1971 are agreed upon.  And we close this episode with...