Bernard Kalb on the Week in China That Changed the World
Bernard Kalb, journalist, author, lecturer, and former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, will speak about witnessing Nixon's historic diplomacy with Chinese Premier Chou En-lai in 1972. Burton Levin, a retired Foreign Service officer and Ambassador to Burma, will join him, addressing the historical aspect of the event.
Nixon's talks with Communist China's En-lai and Chairman Mao Tse-Tung thawed a quarter-century of hostility between the U.S. and China, and served as a catalyst for renewed relations with the Soviet Union and North Vietnam. Kalb, who covered international relations for more than three decades for CBS News, NBC News, and the New York Times, was part of a select group of journalists cleared to cover the trip that Nixon called "the week that changed the world." The result was an era of more Western-friendly communist-style capitalism in China.