18. Letter From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to the Chinese Ambassador to Canada (Huang Hua), Paris, August 16, 19711 2


Dear Mr. Ambassador:

Welcome to the North American continent. It is clear from news reports that you have already received warm greetings in your new post, and I would like to add my own.

I will always retain vivid memories of my forty-nine hours in Peking and the graceful hospitality with which my colleagues and I were received.

Please feel free to call upon me whenever you believe I can be of assistance, whether it be to clarify events or provide you with government publications (unclassified, of course!).

I thought it might be useful for you to have my telephone numbers at which you could reach me quickly if some urgent matter required it. The White House switchboard always knows my whereabouts and its number is Area Code 202, 456-1414; my direct office number is 456-2235. Alternatively, you could also contact Winston Lord of my staff whom you met in Peking, either via the White House switchboard or at his home, 363-8221.

Best regards,

His Excellency

The Honorable Huang Hua

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China


Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 849, President’s File-China Trip, China Exchanges, July 1971-Oct 20, 1971. No classification marking. A handwritten note reads: “8/16/71-handed by HAK to Amb. Huang Chen in Paris for transmittal to Huang Hua.” Published from a copy that indicates Kissinger initialed the original.
  2. Kissinger welcomed Huang Hua to his new post in Ottawa and provided his White House telephone number as well as the home telephone number of NSC staff member Lord.