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Robert Muldoon with Mao Zedong, Beijing, China, 30 April 1976

Robert Muldoon with Mao Zedong, Beijing, China, 30 April 1976

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon made his first visit to China in 1976. His meeting with Chairman Mao Zedong was largely symbolic, as the 82-year-old Mao was too frail to engage in any serious diplomatic conversations. He died four months later. The more important negotiations occurred between Muldoon and Chinese Premier Hua Guofeng. It was the first visit by a New Zealand prime minister and followed the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1972.

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David Capie, 'Asia and New Zealand - The Cold War in Asia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36237/robert-muldoon-with-mao-zedong-beijing-china-30-april-1976 (accessed 9 April 2020)

Story by David Capie, published 20 Jun 2012