Richard Nixon

Secret tapes reveal Nixon's appreciation of Chinese people

Mao Zedong and Richard Nixon at their landmark meeting in 1972. Photo: AP

US president Richard Nixon thought Chinese were "the ablest people in the world" and that the Sino-US relationship held the key to world peace, according to secretly recorded tapes that have just been released.

Friday, 23 August, 2013, 3:08am

Zhuang Zedong, key to China-US ping-pong diplomacy, dies at 73

Zhuang Zedong shakes hands with US table tennis player Glenn Cowan during a visit to the United States in 1972. Photo: Xinhua

Zhuang Zedong's gift of a painting of the Huangshang mountains to American player Glen Cowan in 1971 led to a US tour of China later that year, and preceded the historic visit of then president Richard Nixon in 1972.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

George McGovern an unrepentant liberal to the end

George McGovern looks out of plane window while campaigning in 1974. Photo: AP

George McGovern, a proud liberal who argued fervently against the Vietnam war as a senator from South Dakota and suffered one of the most crushing defeats in presidential history against Richard Nixon in 1972, died before dawn yesterday. He was 90.

A spokesman for McGovern's family said he died at a hospice in Sioux Falls, surrounded by family and lifelong friends.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

Nixon challenger, liberal icon George McGovern dies at 90

Former US senator George McGovern in 2011. Photo: AP

Former US senator George McGovern, a liberal icon who vowed to end the Vietnam War but lost a landslide presidential election to Richard Nixon in 1972, died early on Sunday at the age of 90.

The family said in a statement that the liberal standard-bearer died at about 5.15am at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surrounded by family and life-long friends.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Follow the paper trail in 'basementgate'

What did he know and when did he know it? This question was hurled at US president Richard Nixon when he tried to cover up the Watergate scandal.

The decades-old question has found new life in Hong Kong. Henry Tang Ying-yen was bombarded with it when his 'basementgate' scandal broke. The scandal sank his run for chief executive.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

'Mad' may just work, if you are Greek

Richard Nixon had a 'mad men' theory of international relations. No, it had nothing to do with men in tailored suits doing hanky-panky with gorgeous blonde secretaries, as in the hit US television series.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Spirit of 1972 will make partners of China and US

Today marks the 40th anniversary of US president Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China, a milestone in contemporary world history. The celebration is also an opportunity for the two countries to contemplate whether they can have another 40 years of peaceful co-operation.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Stagecraft as statecraft

The time has come to reveal one of the most absurd secrets of international diplomacy. Actually, this revelation could be made at any time but the hype surrounding the Hu-Obama summit presents a prefect opportunity.

22 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Diplomatic and military stretch for America

In the summer of 1983, during the depths of the cold war, US president Ronald Reagan surprised the Pentagon by ordering a show of ground force in Honduras that was intended to deter leftists in Nicaragua and Cuba. The Joint Chiefs of Staff had to scurry to execute the president's order, cutting exercises, postponing maintenance, and delaying war games.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Courses help students break glass ceiling to promotion

It's no secret that decision makers within the majority of companies are usually men, but in an attempt to help women develop business skills and elevate them to higher levels of responsibility, training providers are developing courses specifically for them.

18 Apr 2009 - 12:00am


Starring: Michael Sheen, Frank Langella, Kevin Bacon, Matthew MacFayden Director: Ron Howard Category: IIB

5 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Also showing: Frank Langella

Playing one of modern history's most despised politicians is no easy task. Just ask Frank Langella, whose attempts to channel Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon meant having to look hard and deep to find something sympathetic in someone almost universally perceived as a slimeball and a crook.

What he finally discovered was Nixon's insecurity.

5 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Sporting premier wins over Japanese

While sport has been used to stir up national rivalries, it has also helped ease strained relations.

The famous ping-pong diplomacy between China and the United States in the 1970s heralded a thaw in Sino-US ties. The two nations have had a frosty relationship since Mao Zedong 's Communist Party came to power in 1949.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Shocked by discrimination

A few days ago, Cable TV news reported that a 10-year-old primary schoolboy who was interviewed for a place at a top local secondary school was asked: 'Why are you so short?'

He proudly told the reporter that his answer was: 'I am short because of my family genes, but I am smart.'

2 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

The cop and the ex-dealer

A former drug dealer sits outside his one-room shack in Chiang Mai as Thai country music blares from a broken stereo speaker.

Som Pinta lives in an area commonly referred to by local narcotics police as a wai dang, or drug village. It is a known entry point for amphetamine dealers from neighbouring Myanmar.

14 Dec 2006 - 12:00am