Edgar Snow (7/19/1905 – 2/15/1972), according to Wikipedia, had visited China for the last time in 1969 and “was told that President Richard Nixon would be welcome to visit either officially or as a private citizen.” This must be the message Dr. Li referred to in his memoir.
President Richard Nixon visited Beijing starting Feb 21, 1972. So Snow did not live to see the historical moment.
It’s really bewildering for me to see the blunders people often make. Karen Hughes with the Saudi women, Hillary Clinton with Russian, etc. We need more Charles Freeman. I do wonder from time to time, have some ‘lost in translation’ moments altered the out come of a historical event? Directly or indirectly?