Nixon's meeting with Mao wasn't guaranteed. When they did meet up they managed to get on well and form a working relationship. In the Shanghai Communique they agreed:
- They disagreed over Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan.
- They would stop any country trying to takeover the South-East.
- They would normalise relations by 1976.
Both sides had to be careful because they had stigmatised the other side to the public, with yellow peril and the Chinese seeing the Americans as vampires.
The meeting worried the USSR, who had to maintain some sort of relationship with the USA, as they could now focus on them and face a war "on two fronts".