• Short Summary

    President Nixon's acceptance of an invitation to visit the People's Republic of China is the culmination of a carefully planned campaign by his administration to achieve better relations with Peking.

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    President Nixon's acceptance of an invitation to visit the People's Republic of China is the culmination of a carefully planned campaign by his administration to achieve better relations with Peking.

    The first breakthrough came in April, when a U.S. Amateur table-tennis team was invited to Peking, and the spell of 'ping-pong diplomacy' began.

    But although there have been visits by journalists and other private American citizens to China as a result of this breakthrough, there was no indication until the President's announcement that the Chinese were ready to deal with the United States at summit level.

    The disclosure that they are ready to do so comes at about the time the U.S. administration is due to reach a decision on the question of China's admission to the United Nations.

    By setting May 1972 as the latest date for his visit, Mr. Nixon can wait for the outcome of the annual U.N. General Assembly vote this autumn.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAQVSQLSXUSSGJPCYKK6FY50HJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAQVSQLSXUSSGJPCYKK6FY50HJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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