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American Experience; Nixon’s China Game


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American Experience
Nixon’s China Game
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In February 1972, after a quarter-century of mutual antagonism between the United States and China, President Richard Nixon traveled to Beijing for a historic encounter with Chairman Mao Tse-tung. The climax of a secret White House initiative headed by Henry Kissinger, the diplomatic breakthrough shocked both America's allies and its enemies. Drawing on recently declassified records and key eyewitnesses, the program recreates, step by dangerous step, the events leading up to what Nixon called "the week that changed the world." David Ogden Stiers narrates.

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Chicago: “American Experience; Nixon’s China Game,” 01/14/2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ACA7B8673D6D460690198F4C7BA8D75C.
MLA: “American Experience; Nixon’s China Game.” 01/14/2000. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 23, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ACA7B8673D6D460690198F4C7BA8D75C>.
APA: American Experience; Nixon’s China Game. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ACA7B8673D6D460690198F4C7BA8D75C
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