Our man in New York tells us that it was Jimmy Carter, not Richard Nixon, who recognized that there was one China and that China was the PRC. He was watching a TV interview between John Stewart and the former U.S. president, who made the claim. Nixon, Carter said, only said there was one China, without specifying which one that was. It was Carter, Carter said, who supplied the crucial missing detail.
We understand that Stewart is a satirist.