50th Anniversary of Mike Mansfield's Visit to China

In February 1972, President Nixon made an opening to China a central part of his foreign policy agenda. Senator Mike Mansfield, then Majority Leader, soon followed, when he and his wife, Maureen, traveled to China in April and May that same year. The trip was a culmination of Mike Mansfield’s dream to revisit China after more than 25 years of diplomatic isolation between the two countries, and was an important step in rebuilding the shattered relationship. This video was created as an educational tool and in honor of the 50th anniversary of that historic visit.


Condoleezza Rice and Michael McFaul

2022 Mansfield Lecture Featuring Condoleezza Rice and Michael McFaul

Recording Available Now

Join two American patriots in a conversation on the hard work of creating and sustaining democracy, with topics ranging from the importance of engaging rural America to Russian aggression in Ukraine. Moderated by University of Montana President Seth Bodnar.

Maureen and Mike Mansfield with People's Republic of China Premier Zhou Enlai

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Senator Mansfield’s Visit to China

Remarks by Mansfield Center Executive Director Deena Mansour for the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the First China Trips by the US Congress, an online symposium.


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