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Nixons / China Visit / Politics #41846

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 20, 1976
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(Studio) Pomp and ceremony marked ex-President Richard Nixon's 1st trip to China, P.R.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) February 17, 1972, film shows Nixons boarding copter. 2 press planes accompanied Air Force 1.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner (narrates)

(Studio) Things different for 2nd trip.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Los Angeles, California) Chinese sent Boeing 707 to pick up Nixons. Public not allowed to see departure and Nixon ignored press. Crew of 17, incling. 5 stewardesses, Chinese officials and 20 members Nixon party on board. If Chinese send messages back with Nixon, could prove to be political embarrassing for President Ford. Nixon to return in 9 days.
REPORTER: Dick Shoemaker

(Studio) Nixon to arrive in People's Republic of China 4 years from last visit. Report on reception Nixon likely to get.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Peking, People's Republic of China) Nixon to get warm welcome from Chinese. Will probably meet with Chairperson Mao Tse-tung. Nixon considered man of president stature.
REPORTER: John Scali

(Studio) American liaison in Peking trying to keep out of Nixon visit. Mission unofficially says visit is affront to Nixon and to State Department
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Scali, John;
Shoemaker, Dick

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