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People's Republic of China founded on October 1, 1949, and Magnuson's advocacy for normalized relations begins.
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Following Mao Zedong's declaration of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949, U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson (1905-1989) becomes one of the leading advocates of normalized relations and trade with the new Communist regime.
He risked his political career and reputation in the process, but survived often heated criticism to witness the victory of his views in 1972 and after. In 1973, the Senator, known as "Maggie," visited China as a guest of Premier Chou En-Lai. In 1979 he welcomeed to Seattle the first People's Republic of China ship to visit the United States, and later that year, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.
HistoryLink.org: The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, "Magnuson, U.S. Sen. Warren G., and Relations with the People's Republic of China" (by Shelby Scates), http://historylink.org/ (accessed 2001).
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