Christopher Nixon Cox, the grandson of war criminal and subverter of democracy Richard Nixon, visited China last week to recreate his grandfather’s historic 1972 trip, accompanied by his wife, billionaire heiress Andrea Catsimatidis.
The commemorative trip, which marks what would have been Nixon’s 100th birthday, was organized by the Nixon Foundation, an offshoot of the late president’s library in Yorba Linda, Calif., and the Chinese People’s Assn. for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
The itinerary is patterned after 1972, with visits to Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai and obligatory stops at all the landmarks: Tiananmen Square, the Great Hall of the People and, of course, the Great Wall.
As the New York Times reports, the trip was designed to “lionize the accomplishments of both the Nixon administration and the Chinese Communist Party”, focusing on Nixon’s achievements – alongside fellow war criminal and all around awful human being Henry Kissinger – in engaging in rapprochement with China, rather than, say, needlessly extending the Vietnam war, launching illegal bombing raids in Cambodia, and supporting the coup d’état which replaced democratically elected Chilean president Salvador Allende with dictator Augusto Pinochet, oh, and all those domestic crimes too.
Cox launched an unsuccessful run for Congress in 2010, during which he was endorsed by former governor of Florida Jeb Bush, who presumably empathised with someone attempting to shrug off the negative connotations of a war criminal family member.
Much of the Weibo chatter about Cox’s trip concerned his wife’s sartorial choices and “super large chest“, but hey, at least they weren’t talking about Watergate.
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