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(Studio) Most govts. withhold official reaction to Mayaguez incident, but newspaper editorials generally critical. Exs. given, incling. editorials from Spain, India, Belgium, West Germany, USSR , China. ABC's Ann Dunbar reports officials in Chinese foreign ministry in touch with Phnom Penh on hotline; Chinese believe Cambodia ready to give up ship before United States military action began.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Senior administration officials don't rule out possibility of Phnom Penh, Peking hot line, but Washington, DC never advised of its existence. Admin. insists all diplomatic efforts had failed before United States resorted to force; efforts to persuade China to help United States in securing release of Mayaguez failed. Reasons for President' final decision to take military action revealed. Admin. well satisfied with results of operation. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger thinks China may be secretly relieved at United States show of force.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
- Koppel, Ted;
- Reasoner, Harry
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