Nixon plays chopsticks: Shanghai, 1972

US President Richard Nixon learns how to use chopstiks whie dining with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Shangai, 1972 © Getty

At a lavish banquet in Shanghai, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai (second from left) demonstrates the proper etiquette for using chopsticks, as US President Richard Nixon tries them for himself.

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The meal came during a week-long summit, which Nixon described as “the week that changed the world”. It was the first official visit to the People’s Republic of China by a US President and made significant moves to thaw relations between the two nations after 25 years of division.

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Plans for the trip began in the wake of ‘Ping Pong Diplomacy’, when US and Chinese table tennis teams extended the olive branch with invitations to each other’s country.