United States secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger had nearly hours of discussions with Chairman?
United States secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger had nearly hours of discussions with Chairman Mao Tse-Tung at his closely guarded Peking home, on Monday (12 November) the second full day of his visit to The People's Republic of China.
The invitation to meet the 79 year old Chinese leader came at short notice while Dr. Kissinger was conferring with Premier Chou En-lai.
It was the second time this year that Dr. Kissinger has met Chairman Mao.
Their last meeting was in late February during Dr. Kissinger's last visit to Peking, when he negotiated the agreement for the United States and China to establish non-diplomatic liaison offices in Peking and Washington.
It was rare for Chairman Mao to meet any visiting foreigner below the rank of Prime Minister, let alone a representative of a country like the United States, which has no formal diplomatic ties with China.
No details were released of what was discussed, but observers point out it was a gesture by the Chinese, which indicated the personal esteem in which Dr. Kissinger is held and also the importance they attach to the development of relations with the United States.
Dr. Kissinger was due to travel on to Tokyo on Wednesday (November 14).