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Bob Dole shaking hands with President Li Xian Nian of China, while other men watch in the background



During the 1960s and early 1970s, relations between the United States and China were tense. The United States coordinated an international embargo of China and prohibited U.S. citizens from visiting China. To enhance foreign relations between the two countries, Senator Bob Dole was sent to China in 1985, only 13 years after President Nixon’s historic visit.


Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Govt. Press, 1973.

Hu, Jason C. Quiet revolutions on Taiwan, Republic of China. 2nd. Taipei: Kwang Hwa Pub. Co., 1994.

Hungdah, Chiu, and Leng Shao-Ch uan. China, seventy years after the 1911 Hsin-Hai Revolution. Edited by Chiu Hungdah and Leng Shao-Chuan. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1984.

Lee, Edwards. Missionary for freedom : the life and times of Walter Judd / by Lee Edwards. 1st. New York: Paragon House, 1990.

Offner, Arnold A. Another such victory : President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002.

United States. Congress. Congressional ceremony to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet : with members of the Congress of the United States assembled in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, April 18, 1991. Washington D.C.: United States Congress House, 1991.

Zhu, Xiao Di. Thirty years in a red house : a memoir of childhood and youth in Communist China. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998.

Date Range

  • 1961-1993

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