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THE PREPARATIONS

Although President Nixon only spent a week in the People's Republic of China, the preparations took months. These resources provide a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work that contributed to the success of this historic visit.

ORAL HISTORY

Dwight Chapin, Deputy Assistant to the President, discusses the challenges of planning the trip to China.

Citation: Dwight L. Chapin recorded interview by Timothy J. Naftali and Paul Musgrave, 2 April 2007; Richard Nixon Oral History Project; Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

Audio Recordings

Excerpts from an Oval Office conversation between President Nixon, Barend Biesheuvel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, J. William Middendorf, United States Ambassador to the Netherlands, and Gen. Alexander Haig, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, during which the President explains his rational for making the trip to China, January 26, 1972.

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Citation: Oval Office 656-10; January 26, 1972; White House Tapes; Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

DOCUMENTS

Memorandum from John Scali to President Nixon Recommending a Pre-China Visit Briefing, January 31, 1972.

Citation: Pre-China Briefing, January 31, 1972; [China 2 of 2]; H.R. Haldeman; White House Special Files (WHSF); Staff Materials and Special Files (SMOF); Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Memorandum from Dwight Chapin to Lawerence M. Higby Containing a Rough Schedule and Details on Practical Issues Including Passports and Immunizations, January 31, 1972.

Citation: The President's Trip to China February - 1972; [China 1 of 2]; H.R. Haldeman; WHSF; SMOF; Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Department of State Briefing Paper on China's Domestic Situations, February 1972.

Citation: China's Domestic Situation on the Eve of Your Trip; [Visit of Richard Nixon President of the United States to the People's Republic of China February 1972, Briefing Papers Mr. Haldeman 3 of 3]; H.R. Haldeman; WHSF; SMOF; Richard Nixon Presidentail Library and Museum

Memorandum from the Department of State to the President on "The Scope of the Agreement in Peking," February 9, 1972

Citation: The Scope of the Agreement in Peking; [Visit of Richard Nixon President of the United States to the People's Republic of China February 1972, Briefing Papers Mr. Haldeman 3 of 3]; H.R. Haldeman; WHSF; SMOF; Richard Nixon Presidentail Library and Museum

Memorandum from Dwight Chapin to H.R. Haldeman Outlining Some "Unimportant" Issues to Keep in Mind During the Visit, February 14, 1972

Citation: China - The President, February 14, 1972; [China 1 of 2]; H.R. Haldeman; WHSF; SMOF; Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum