Mao and Nehru Meet for the First Time

19 Oct 2019  Sat

The 19th October marks the day of a historical Rendez-vous when the leaders of two emerging powers of Asia meet. On 19th October 1954, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru met with the Chairman of People ’s Republic of China; Mao Zedong in order to discuss Sino-Indian relations, the political situation in Asia, and the role of the United States in world politics.

In the lieu of this event, India was a newly formed Republic and China was under the iron feast of Communist Ruler Mao. It was also the first visit by a non-communist head of state since the creation of the People’s Republic of China.

Decades before their economic rise came to define the region and beyond, Nehru met Chairman Mao Zedong, held talks with the first Chinese premier, Zhou Enlai, and visited Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Guangzhou (Canton). Although the visit seemingly cemented ties, building on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence agreed upon earlier that year, the two countries eventually were at war by 1962.

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