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How the death of Mao Zedong ushered in a new geopolitical era

The founder the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong, died on September 9, 1976. His departure ushered in a new geopolitical era, in which Switzerland did not want to be left on the sidelines. A look into the diplomatic archives gives us an insight into how Switzerland reshaped its foreign policies and attitudes to China after his death.

Thomas Bürgisser