Over the past 45 years the leaders of China and the United States have met on dozens of occasions, but it all began in February 1972, when Chinese leader Mao Zedong (left) welcomed US President Richard Nixon to Beijing. Photo: Xinhua Over the past 45 years the leaders of China and the United States have met on dozens of occasions, but it all began in February 1972, when Chinese leader Mao Zedong (left) welcomed US President Richard Nixon to Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
Over the past 45 years the leaders of China and the United States have met on dozens of occasions, but it all began in February 1972, when Chinese leader Mao Zedong (left) welcomed US President Richard Nixon to Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Baffled by China’s relationship with the United States? Here’s all you need to know …

From Mao Zedong’s groundbreaking meeting with Richard Nixon in 1972, to Xi Jinping’s tea room talks with Donald Trump in 2017, our potted guide has it all

Topic |   US-China relations
Over the past 45 years the leaders of China and the United States have met on dozens of occasions, but it all began in February 1972, when Chinese leader Mao Zedong (left) welcomed US President Richard Nixon to Beijing. Photo: Xinhua Over the past 45 years the leaders of China and the United States have met on dozens of occasions, but it all began in February 1972, when Chinese leader Mao Zedong (left) welcomed US President Richard Nixon to Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
Over the past 45 years the leaders of China and the United States have met on dozens of occasions, but it all began in February 1972, when Chinese leader Mao Zedong (left) welcomed US President Richard Nixon to Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
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