Ex-President Richard Nixon met the widow of the late Chinese Premier, Chou En-Lai, in Peking on Sunday (22 February).
Ex-President Richard Nixon met the widow of the late Chinese Premier, Chou En-Lai, in Peking on Sunday (22 February). Chou was the man who helped him rebuild Sino-U.S. relations.
It was the first engagement of the Nixons' visit to Peking and took place in the grand Great Hall of the People, where he and Mr. Chou raised their glasses in an historic toast to friendship four years ago.
He expressed deep condolences to Teng Ying Chiao, the women who was at Mr. Chou's side for fifty years.
He later had talks with the new acting Premier, Mr. Hua Kuo-Feng, for more than two hours. Although his visit is being described as private, Mr. Nixon has been given the "Head of State" treatment and was ushered into the same conference room president Ford used last December.
That night Mr. Nixon issued an eloquent and impassioned call for closer Sino-U.S. ties in his first major speech since the Watergate scandal forced his resignation.
He said history called on China and the United States to work together in the interest of world peace. His speech dealt almost exclusively with Sino-U.S. relations, but contained veiled criticism of the Helsinki Security Conference with the Soviet Union which Peking has bitterly denounced.
This film is serviced with an English commentary, and an extract of Mr. Nixon's speech, transcripts of which appear overleaf.