United States Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger arrived in Peking on Saturday (10th November)?
United States Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger arrived in Peking on Saturday (10th November) to begin a four-day official visit to The People's Republic of China. It was Dr. Kissinger's sixth ??? to Peking -- his last was in February this year.
He was met at the airport by Chinese Foreign Minister Chi Peng-fei, and then attended a social ro???tion to meet Premier Chou En-lai and other high-ranking Peking officials.
Also attending the reception was Mr. Robert Ingersoll, U.S. Ambassador to Japan and shortly to be appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Asian Affairs. Newly-appointed U.S. Liaison Office in Peking chief Mr. David Bruce was also present.
Following the reception, Dr. Kissinger then attended a banquet given by foreign Minister Chi Peng-fei. Chou En-lai, Dr. Kissinger and other officials exchanged toasts, and then Dr. Kissinger spoke briefly, saying that closer friendship "between China and the United States is essential for world peace" -- a remark that many diplomats interpreted as hinting towards the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the two countries in the near future. Dr. Kissinger's speech was followed by an address by Chi Peng-fei.