Nixon in China

Nixon in China

A metaphor used when a political figure known for a particular stance or approach takes actions that promote peace with or favor the values of their traditional enemy or opponent. A reference to former US President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China in 1972, which marked the beginning of improved diplomatic relations between the two countries. Prior to the visit, Nixon was renowned for his staunchly anti-communist position. Many view the healthcare-reform legislation as a "Nixon in China" moment for the notoriously anti-socialist governor.
See also: china, Nixon
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