In August 1974, Nixon was forced to resign and step down due to the”Watergate Incident”, and Ford succeeded the President of the United States. After Ford came to power, some personnel arrangements of the former Nixon camp were re-adjusted. When Ford asked Bush, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, who was about to be dismissed, how he would choose between the ambassador to the UK and France, Bush Sr. gave Ford a very unexpected choice,”China!”
“China”Ford thought he had heard it wrong, and repeated it subconsciously.
◆Senior Bush in Beijing
“Yes, it is China!” In this way, the elder Bush pointed his renewed duties to”China” in the Eastern world on the other side of the ocean.
◆Senior Bush in Beijing
In the 1970s, China and the United States did not establish diplomatic relations. The United States only established a liaison office in China. However, after the 26th UN General Assembly in 1971 restored the legal rights of the People’s Republic of China and after Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 , The liaison office becomes busy, and the role is equivalent to the embassy.
◆Senior Bush and his wife Barbara Tiananmen Square in Beijing
It was under this background of challenges and hopes that the elder Bush came to China. In Beijing, he often rode bicycles with his wife Barbara into the alleys of Beijing to experience the historical charm of Eastern culture. He was known as the”Bike Ambassador”. The taste of Beijing roast duck impressed the elder Bush so much that after returning to the United States, he would often order a roast duck in a Chinese restaurant with his family, reminiscing about more than a year in Beijing. Of course, in his memory, in addition to the red walls and green tiles, Beijing-flavored snacks, and a re-examination of China, the two meetings with Chairman Mao are the most unforgettable for him. The first time was to accompany Secretary of State Kissinger who visited China in 1975, and the other time was to accompany US President Ford.
◆Chairman Mao jerked with both hands Bringing Sr. Bush in front of him
According to Sr. Bush’s memories:When he first met with Chairman Mao, he followed the Kissinger and his wife into the house. The 81-year-old Chairman Mao was sitting Armchair. Seeing the guest coming in, the two waiters helped him stand up. The chairman is tall, with a little dark skin, and still looks quite strong. He is wearing the same outfit as in the photo. Wearing brown socks and a pair of black sandals on his feet is not much different from ordinary people.
Chairman Mao, who is already an old friend with Kissinger, looks very energetic and quick in his thinking. He gestured from time to time and moved his head from here to there, as if the conversation made him excited.
During the meeting, Chairman Mao saw Bush walking towards him, and he yanked him in front of him with both hands, and looked carefully, as if he had foreseen something. Then said:”This ambassador, why didn’t you come to see me?”
◆Chairman Mao and Bush Sr.
Bush was obviously surprised by Chairman Mao’s unusual behavior. He did not expect that Chairman Mao, who is already in his twilight years, should be weak. But with such strength, kindness and wisdom still reveal the humor of politicians. Bush, who has been on the political stage for many years, was as shy as a child in front of Chairman Mao. He said timidly:”It would be a great honor, but I am afraid you are too busy.”
“Oh, I’m not busy”, the chairman said, “I don’t care about domestic affairs. I only read international news. You must come to see me.”
One month after this meeting, President Ford went to Beijing for a state visit Bush met with Chairman Mao again. At that time, Bush had just finished his position as director of the China Liaison Office and was about to return to the United States to take up the post of director of the Central Intelligence Agency. This was his second and last meeting with Chairman Mao. The sentence Chairman Mao left to Bush:You must come to see me. It has also become a beautiful knot between Bush and China.
◆The then US President George W. Bush visited China
In 1988, Bush Sr. defeated the Democratic presidential candidate Dukakis and was elected as the 51st 41st President of the United States. The elder Bush visited China soon after he took office. He was called”the fastest American president to visit China.” Bush had more than 20 visits to China in his lifetime. In 2009, the former US president and his wife They were also awarded the”Friends of China” Medal of Honor for their outstanding contributions to the promotion of Sino-US relations over the past 30 years. Finally, I also sincerely admire Chairman Mao’s foresight, and his ability to perceive people is truly amazing.
◆Senior Bush at the Beijing Olympic Games
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