U.S. Presidential Adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger took a brief rest in Hong Kong this week?
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Background: U.S. Presidential Adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger took a brief rest in Hong Kong this week during his current peace tour of South-East Asia.
He arrived in Hong Kong from the North Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on Tuesday (February 13), and left for Peking on Thursday (February 15) for five days of talks with the leaders of The People's Republic of China.
During the one full rest day available to him, Dr. Kissinger cruised round Hong Kong harbour with a party of aides and the resident U.S. Consul, Mr. David Osborn, aboard the Lady Maurine, a vessel lent to him by the British colony's Governor, Sir Murray MacLehose.
While in Peking, Dr. Kissinger is expected to press for increased contacts between the United States and China on trade, culture, journalism and sport. The talks will be shrouded in secrecy, as the Chinese have not made available any facilities for foreign journalists to report the talks.
SYNOPSIS: Chief U.S. Presidential Adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger broke his tour of South-East Asia with a short rest stop in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
He'd flown in from Hanoi at the end of talks with the North Vietnamese leaders. His two-day stop-over in the British colony was also to confer with aides before going on to peking for talks with leaders of The People's Republic of China.
The following day Dr. Kissinger went for a cruise in Hong Kong harbour in a boat lent to him by the Governor of the colony.
Dr. Kissinger's visit to Peking is to seek an extension of the Vietnam ceasefire to neighbouring Laos and the Khmer Republic, and improve U.S. relations with North Vietnam and China.