Pandas have become a symbol for the friendship between the United States and China. Following President Nixon's visit in 1972, the government of China gifted the United States two giant pandas. First Lady Pat Nixon welcomed the pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 1972.
In or Related to Nixon Library Exhibitions
This design relates to the Nixon Library's gallery The Opening to China: The Week that Changed the World. Coming to the presidency in 1969, Richard Nixon believed it was time to reconsider America's longstanding hard-line stance against opening a relationship with the People's Republic of China. In February 1972, Nixon made his historic trip to China, ending 25 years of silence between the two nations.