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Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, called on Richard Nixon in 1971 to vent after the UN had voted to accept the Communist People's Republic of China as the legitimate government

Ronald Reagan once described African delegates to the UN as & # 39; monkeys & # 39; who & # 39; still wore uncomfortable shoes & # 39; in a telephone conversation with President Nixon.

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The amazing outburst came in 1971, the morning after the UN voted to recognize the Communist government from mainland China and expel Taiwan.

President Nixon had led opposition to the move, but it passed after receiving majority support in Europe, Asia and a majority of African countries.

Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, called on Richard Nixon in 1971 to vent after the UN had voted to accept the Communist People's Republic of China as the legitimate government

Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, called on Richard Nixon in 1971 to vent after the UN had voted to accept the Communist People's Republic of China as the legitimate government

After the vote, the members of the Tanzanian delegation danced in the aisles of the General Assembly.

Reagan, then Governor of California, called Nixon the same evening to express his anger about the outcome, according to The Atlantic Ocean.

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Nixon was unavailable, so the couple spoke the following morning during a telephone conversation that Nixon recorded and later found his way to the archive of Nixon's presidential library.

In it, Reagan says: & # 39; Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did … & # 39;

& # 39; Yes, & # 39; Nixon intervenes.

& # 39; To see those, those monkeys from those African countries – damn it, they still don't wear shoes! & # 39; Reagan concludes, followed by Nixon laughing.

& # 39; The tail wags the dog, doesn't it? & # 39; Nixon adds.

& # 39; Yes, & # 39; says Reagan.

Nixon repeats: & # 39; The tail is wagging the dog. & # 39;

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The tape was initially published in 2000, but the racist part was withheld due to privacy issues, reports the Atlantic newspaper.

A subsequent review after Reagan's death confirmed that the tape could be published and released two weeks ago.

According to Tim Naftali, a history professor at NYU and former director of the Nixon library who asked for the assessment, Reagan's calling hit a nerve with Nixon, who held African nations responsible for the loss.

The UN motion passed by 76 votes to 35, with the majority of African countries voting in favor. The opposition was led by America and the loss left Nixon furious

The UN motion passed by 76 votes to 35, with the majority of African countries voting in favor. The opposition was led by America and the loss left Nixon furious

The UN motion passed by 76 votes to 35, with the majority of African countries voting in favor. The opposition was led by America and the loss left Nixon furious

Nixon later reformulated Reagan & # 39; s words when he complained to Secretary of State William P. Rogers (right) about & # 39; cannibals jumping up & down & # 39; after the motion was over
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Nixon later reformulated Reagan & # 39; s words when he complained to Secretary of State William P. Rogers (right) about & # 39; cannibals jumping up & down & # 39; after the motion was over

Nixon later reformulated Reagan & # 39; s words when he complained to Secretary of State William P. Rogers (right) about & # 39; cannibals jumping up & down & # 39; after the motion was over

Naftali documents how Nixon then adapted Reagan's language to complain to Secretary of State William Rogers about & # 39; cannibals jumping up and down & # 39; after the vote has expired.

He also canceled all meetings with representatives of one of the African countries who had voted against him.

Until 1971, the UN had recognized the Republic of China as the only legitimate government in China, above the People's Republic of China.

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But in reality, the Communist People's Republic had full control of mainland China since 1949, when the victor came from the Chinese civil war, while the Republic only controlled Taiwan and other small islands.

The proposal, which required a two-thirds majority to vote, was adopted with 76 votes in favor, 35 votes against, 17 abstentions and three non-votes.

As a result, the People's Republic got a representative at the UN and the Republic was fired.

The move also gave the People's Republic a seat on the UN Security Council.

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