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Nixon China Trip #19347

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 17, 1972
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(Studio) President Nixon en route to Peking, China, via Hawaii, Guam, and Shanghai.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) Nixon says good bye to Cabinet officers and bipartisan group of Congressmen, include Senator J. William Fulbright, on White House lawn before departing via helicopter for Andrews AFB. [NIXON - expresses hope for establishing United States friendship with China and thus promoting world peace.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Andrews Air Force Base) 18 years ago in Geneva, Switzerland, John Foster Dulles refused to shake hands with Chou En-Lai. That set pattern for following generation of non-diplomacy between United States and China. Now United States President travels half way around world to shake hands with Chou. Benefits of visit will be apparent to both sides. President Aide Henry Kissinger's visit last fall may have helped China to gain entry to UN. United States withdrawal from North Vietnam impresses China. China may use United States as counter-weight against Russia. President Nixon boards Air Force-1, Spirit of `76.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) Soviet Union, in official newspaper "Pravda", does not object to Nixon's trip to China as long as meeting is not used against Russia or its allies.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Donaldson, Sam;
Koppel, Ted;
Smith, Howard K.

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