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Who Said That? The Nixon Visit

Kissinger Video Interview


Kissinger 1. How did you first hear, from the President, of the idea of a China opening?
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2. Why was it that you and the President decided to keep the whole initiative within the precincts of the White House and the NSC?
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3. Could you talk about how Dubrinin described to you the gory details of what had been happening to the poor Soviet soldiers on the Chinese border? What was he getting at?
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4. Describe Ambassador Stoessel's initial contact with Chinese diplomats.
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Kissinger 5. How did the U.S. invasion of Cambodia affect the negotiations with China?
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6. How did you come to involve Pakistan in re-establishing contact with China?
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7. Describe how you learned of China's invitation to Nixon.
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8. Why were you chosen to go to China to make arrangements for Nixon's visit? To some it seemed as though Nixon was, almost, playing with you.
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Kissinger 9. Talk about how you found out about the final ok you received from China.
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10. Can you describe your plans to travel to Pakistan?
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11. Can you describe what you call the saga of your shirts?
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12. Could you give your impression of Chou En-lai?
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13. How difficult was it to negotiate how Nixon would be invited? Please tell us about this discussion.
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