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Who is at the door? Oh, it is Gorbachev

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is pictured during the opening of a conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Green Cross International, founded by him in 1993, in Geneva, Switzerland on Sept. 2 last year.

Photo: AFP

In the scripted world of high-profile diplomacy, every move is planned weeks in advance, with seating charts, menus and toasts subject to careful scrutiny.

So imagine Britain’s surprise when Mikhail Gorbachev made an unannounced, spontaneous visit to the prime minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street in London.

This happened in December 1984, when the future Soviet leader — chief architect of the liberalization program known as perestroika — made a landmark trip to Britain.

Afterward, an impressed Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher told then-US president Ronald Reagan that Gorbachev was a man the West could do business with.

Gorbachev’s impromptu appearance at the prime minister’s home was revealed in a confidential telegram made public on Jan. 3 by the National Archives under the “30-year rule” for declassifying secret documents.









1. in advance phr.

事先 (shi4 xian1)

例: If you make any changes, please let me know in advance.


2. unannounced adj.

未宣布的;突然的 (wei4 xuan1 bu4 de5; tu2 ran2 de5)

例: She came unannounced.


3. do business with idiom

與…打交道 (yu3 … da3 jiao1 dao4)

例: It is my pleasure to do business with you.


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