Mrs. Patricia Nixon will accompany the President of the United States on his visit to?
(6143/70) CU Mrs. Nixon on aircraft steps
SCU Mother and child looking on
MV President and First Lady down aircraft steps and greeted (2 shots)
CU Nixon ZOOM OUT to group
CU Military official watching President and first Lady boarding aircraft
SCU President and Mrs. Nixon into aircraft
LV Aircraft taking off
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SV Mrs Nixon waving from aircraft steps
MV Crowd applaud
SV Mrs. Nixon and officials towards camera
MCU Tribal band playing
SV Mrs. Nixon meeting officials of Women's Centre
SV INTERIOR.. Women applauding
CU Small children PAN up to Mrs. Nixon
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SV Mrs. Nixon out of car and greeted
MV & CU Mrs. Nixon listening to boys' band (2 shots)
SV Boys band finishes playing
SV Mrs. Nixon and officials walking to building
TV & GV Mrs. Nixon meets officials and newsmen
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THIS FILM, FROM THE VISNEWS LIBRARY, IT THE FIRST IN A SPECIAL SERIES DESIGNED TO PROVIDE BACKGROUND MATERIAL FOR PRESIDENT NIXON'S COMING VISIT.
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Background: Mrs. Patricia Nixon will accompany the President of the United States on his visit to the People's Republic of China -- scheduled to begin on 21 February. A special invitation from the Chinese Government was extended to Mrs. Nixon, and a White House communique last December confirmed the First Lady's acceptance.
Mrs. Nixon is no new-comer to official visits of this kind. She has accompanied her husband on almost all of his overseas trips, and earlier this year travelled alone to West Africa to represent the United States at the inauguration of Liberian President William Tolbert.
Newsmen and social journalists have already begun speculating on Mrs. Nixon's activities during the seven-day visit. She will have the unique chance, for an American woman, of mixing with a small group of women who move in China's highest circles, and plenty of time to meet the women behind China's leaders, while President Nixon is involved in talks.
Two of the women Mrs. Nixon is expected to meet are Madame Mao and Madame Sun. Madame Mao, who is known as Chiang Ching in the country where women do not take their husband's surnames, is a former Shanghai actress who married Chairman Mao Tse-tung in 1939, and has become one of China's leaders in her own right. Madame Sun, who has been suggested as Mrs. Nixon's possible hostess during the visit, is the widow of Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China. The 81-year-old widow, however, has not appeared in public for some time. She speaks perfect English and observers think she and Mrs. Nixon may have common interests.