Playing the China Card (1999)

Channel 4

President Nixon visited China on February 21, 1972. On February 27, the two countries issued the Sino- US Joint Communique, marking the opening of the gate for bilateral relations. On December 16, 1978, both governments simultaneously published the Joint Communique of China and the United States concerning the establishment of their Diplomatic Relations. The US Government accepts the three principles raised by China for establishing diplomatic relations: namely (the United States) cutting off diplomatic relations with Taiwan, withdrawing its armed forces and military facilities from Taiwan and annulling the treaties signed by the United States and the Chiang Kai-shek regime. Starting from January 1, 1979, the two countries officially established diplomatic relations
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Material relating to the documentary film series Playing the China Card: Nixon and Mao, 1999, concerning the relationship between the USA and China since the end of World War Two, made by Brook Lapping Productions Ltd and broadcast on Channel 4 as two programmes in 1999, including interview transcripts with US, Chinese and Russian contributors, notably William Frank Buckley, General Alexander Meigs Haig, Henry Alfred Kissinger, James Addison Baker III, General Brent Scowcroft, Anatoly Fedorovich Dobrynin, Fang Lizhi and Ji Chaozhu; complete post-production scripts of the two programmes; a file of questions put to participants for filmed interviews; transcripts from sections of David Frost's interview with President Richard Nixon (1977), relating to US relations with China; books, articles, essays and pamphlets used as background material for the series; background documents, including transcripts of US government archive material, mainly relating to the Nixon administration, and pre-publication extracts from The Kissinger Transcripts (National Security Archives, 1999) by William Burr.


Two part documentary series about the relationship between the US Presidency and China. GB, Brook Lapping Productions for Channel Four. Tx. Channel 4. 1999/09/25 & 1999/10/02.


* TIANANMEN HOSTAGE (02/10/1999)

* NIXON AND MAO (25/09/1999)


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