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Nixon Trip / China, P.R. / Toasts / Reactions #41872

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 23, 1976
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(Studio) Ex-pres. Nixon met with Chairperson Mao Tse-tung for 2 hrs.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Peking, People's Republic of China) Nixon treated as head of state. Sunday, Nixon met with acting premier Hua Kuo-feng. Nixons attend banquet at invitation of State Council Toasts held. Hua referred to current power struggle debate and said it was extension of Cultural Revolution. [NIXON - says China, P.R., and United States will grow strong and tall in friendship, like California redwood trees.] Says his Shanghai communique had withstood test of time. Chinese liked Nixon's speech; his 1st public speech since resignation.

(Studio) In toast, Nixon said naive to believe that signing statement will bring peace. Reuters news agency and Toronto "Globe and Mail" interpret that to be criticism of Ford administration's policy to USSR . "New York Times" and "Washington Post" carried reports Reporter Tom Capra says Nixon referring to evolution of Sino-American relations after his 1st visit there. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says someone from State Department will meet with Nixon.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Capra, Tom;
Koppel, Ted

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