United States Presidential Adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger ended four days of talks with Chinese officials?
United States Presidential Adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger ended four days of talks with Chinese officials in Peking with an unexpected two-hour conference with Chairman Mao Tse-tung late on Saturday night (17th/18th February).
It was not necessary for purposes of protocol that Dr. Kissinger should meet Chairman Mao, and it came as a complete surprise to Peking's diplomatic community. Many western envoys speculated that Chairman Mao had given his blessing to a 'higher stage in Sino-American relations'. They claimed that the apparent cordiality of the meeting confirmed this opinion.
Other envoys said it would now be 'extremely likely' that there would be an American diplomatic presence in Peking before the end of this year. But a senior Chinese official, when asked about this possibility, said "It's too early to talk about that".
Dr. Kissinger then flew to Tokyo for an overnight stopover on Monday (19 February), when he gave Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka and other officials first details of his post-Vietnam War talks in Hanoi and Peking.
The Presidential adviser told his Japanese hosts that President Nixon had sent him to Tokyo before returning to the U.S. to stress the importance of U.S.-Japan relations.
SYNOPSIS: United States Presidential Adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger conferred for two hours with Chairman Mao Tse-tung in Peking on Saturday. The meeting came as a complete surprise to diplomats in the Chinese capital, and many of them speculated that it heralded a new era in Sino-American relations.
The meeting took place in an atmosphere of cordiality, and some western envoys felt it was extremely likely that there would be an American diplomatic presence in Peking before the end of the year. Chinese officials would not comment on the possibility.
Prime Minister Chou En-lai was also present, together with other Chinese and U.S. officials.
The meeting lasted into the early hours of Sunday morning, and there were friendly goodbyes when it finally broke up. The conference with Chairman Mao brought to an end four days of talks between Dr. Kissinger and Chinese government officials and soon afterwards he and his party left for Peking Airport.
It had been the second meeting between Dr. Kissinger and Chairman Mao. They had met before during President Nixon's visit to Peking.
From peking, the Presidential Adviser flew to Tokyo. He was met at Haneda Airport on Monday by U.S. Ambassador Ingersol and Japanese government representatives, and was scheduled to stay in Japan for only a brief overnight stop.
After the welcoming formalities, Dr. Kissinger and his party were driven from the airport and direct to the government buildings for a conference with Japanese leaders.
Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka was present at the meeting, together with Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ohira and other Japanese government officials.
Dr. Kissinger told his Japanese hosts that President Nixon had sent him to Tokyo to stress the continued importance of U.S.-Japanese relations.