359. National Security Decision Memorandum 1951


  • The Secretary of State
  • The Secretary of Commerce
  • The Secretary of Transportation


  • Amendment to Transportation Order T-2 Affecting the PRC

The President has considered recommendations of the Under Secretaries Committee in its memorandum of January 13, 19722 and decided that Transportation Order T-2 should be amended to permit U.S. flag-vessels and U.S.-registered civil aircraft having a validated license from the Department of Commerce to visit the People’s Republic of China. The Department of State should notify U.S. airlines which had previously been granted authority to provide scheduled service to points in the PRC that they should not approach the PRC directly about the establishment of service until the Civil Aeronautics Board has examined the question of the establishment of scheduled service.

Initial announcement of this decision will be made by the White House.3

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, S/S Files, Lot 83 D 305, NSDM 195. Secret. Copies were sent to the Secretary of Defense, the Director of Central Intelligence, and the President’s Assistant for International Economic Affairs.
  2. Document 354.
  3. The announcement was made on November 22, 1972. See Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, 1972, Appendix B, p. B-19.