57. Note From the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Haig) to the Military Attaché at the Embassy in France (Walters), Washington, October 30, 1971 and Memorandum for the Record, Paris, October 31, 1971, 6 p.m.1 2
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- GENERAL WALTERS
- GENERAL HAIG
General Walters should make the following three points orally to the Chinese:
- The U.S. side proposes that the agreed joint announcement of the date for the President’s visit be at 1600 on Tuesday, November 23, Washington time.
- Mrs. Nixon is pleased to accept the invitation of the PRC for her to accompany the President.
- The U.S. side accepts a seven day visit and is prepared to stay overnight at Hangchow.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 849, President’s File-China Trip, China Exchanges, Oct 20, 1971-Dec 31, 1971. Top Secret; Sensitive; Exclusively Eyes Only. Haig handwrote the addressee instructions, the date, and an additional “eyes only” classification on the note. No time of transmission or receipt appears on the note, but Walters subsequently indicated in his October 31 memorandum of record that he received the telegram at midnight and finished deciphering it at 3:30 a.m. The October 31 memorandum that Walters drafted does not bear any classification markings. The meeting was held at Chen’s residence in Neuilly.↩
- Haig transmitted three points, concerning President Nixon’s visit, for Walters to make orally to the Chinese. Military Attaché Walters and Chinese Ambassador to France Huang Chen discussed how the new and growing relationship between the U.S. and China would benefit humankind.↩