Many people opposed Nixon's visit to China. Why? I read an article saying people complained that Nixon's visit to China was going against past policies. What policies were they referring to?
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Without seeing the article, it is difficult to be certain, but it was probably a reference to the comment that Nixon had made during his trip to Asia in 1964. He said that:
“it would be disastrous to the cause of freedom”
if the United States recognised Red China.
Obviously, by visiting China in 1972, that was precisely what he did.