United States President Gerald Ford met Chairman Mao Tse-Tung for lengthy talks in Peking on Tuesday (2 December) on the second day of his visit to China.
GV Mao Tse-Tung's residence.
SV Ford leaving car and greeted by Peng Hsiao-Ping.
SV Ford and family and Kissinger and others walk along corridor.
CU Ford walking forward and shaking hands with Mao Tse-Tung.
CU Ford with Mao Tse-Tung and introducing Mrs. Ford.
CU Susan Ford shaking hands with Mao Tse-Tung.
CU Kissinger shaking hands with Mao Tse-Tung who is laughing.
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Background: United States President Gerald Ford met Chairman Mao Tse-Tung for lengthy talks in Peking on Tuesday (2 December) on the second day of his visit to China.
Mr. Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger earlier opened formal talks with Chinese leaders, including Acting Premier, Teng hsiao-Ping, at a two-and-a-half-hour session devoted to international issues.
An American Press communique said the President's audience with Chairman Mao.....the highest honour Peking can bestow on guests...lasted nearly two hours. It gave no details of the discussions.
The 81-year-old father of Chinese Communism shook hands with eight others in the U.S. party.... including Mrs. Ford.
Eighteen-year-old Susan Ford hurried back from an outing to the Great Wall of China to attend the meeting in Mao's residence, behind the red walls of the Forbidden City.
After photographs and a round of introductions, Chairman Mao started discussions with Mr. Ford and his delegation.
There was no word whether the Chairman...who also met former President Nixon in Peking in 1972....raised the delicate question of U.S. detente with the Soviet Union, China's bitter ideological foe.
Other statesmen who have met the Chairman this year have been given strong warnings against detente...the major area of disagreement between China and the U.S.
At a welcoming banquet on Monday (1 December), Mr. Ford was told by Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping that rhetoric about detente could not hide the growing danger of world war.
The President was unsmiling and appeared preoccupied when he left the talks in the Great Hall of the People.
SYNOPSIS: In Peking on Tuesday, United States President Gerald Ford arrived at the Forbidden City. He was greeted by Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping with whom he'd talks the previous day.
Accompanying Mr. Ford in China are wife, Betty, daughter, Susan, and Secretary of States Henry Kissinger.
The President visited the Forbidden City for an audience with 81-year-old Chairman Mao Tse-Tung. He later held discussions with the Chairman but there was no word whether he raised the delicate question of U.S. detente with the Soviet Union, China's ideological foe.
The frail father of Chinese Communism also greeted Mrs. Ford. Although the Ford visit has been widely publicised, its not been met with the same enthusiasm which followed the first visit by a U.S. President to China, former President Richard Nixon, in 1972. The President's daughter, Susan, was also included in the meeting with Chairman Mao.
Chairman Mao seemed obviously pleased to greet Dr. Kissinger again, their second meeting this year. Dr. Kissinger and President Ford joined Chairman Mao in the Great Hall of the People for nearly two hours of talks. No details were released.