46. Message From the President's Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Haig) to the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger), Washington, October 22, 19711 2

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October 22, 1971


  • Henry A. Kissinger


  • B/Gen. A. M. Haig, Jr.

Haldeman noted Chapin's message that two alternative plans will be brought back covering the President's visit—one for five days, the other for seven. He asked me to reiterate to you that the President's strong preference is for a five-day visit with only one additional stop which would involve an in-and-out on the same day. I assured him that you were well aware of the President's wishes but that obviously you would have to consider Chinese attitudes.

He asked that I send this reminder in any event.

Best wishes.

  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1035, Files for the President-China Material, China-HAK October 1971 Visit. Top Secret; Sensitive; Exclusively Eyes Only. A typed notation on the message indicates that it was sent to Kissinger in Beijing via wire. No time of transmission or receipt appears on the message.
  2. Haig relayed Assistant to the President Haldeman's message that President Nixon wanted his visit to China to last 5 rather than 7 days.