80. Letter From the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Haig) to the Military Attaché at the Embassy in France (Walters), Washington, January 24, 19721 2

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January 24, 1972

Dear Dick:

Enclosed are documents for you to use in your meeting on Wednesday with representatives of the PRC:

  • — A note plus enclosure concerning the President’s speech which should be handed to your contact (Tab A).
  • — A proposed schedule for the arrival of aircraft on February 1 and 2, including passenger lists (Tab B). Please note that we prefer that the Saturn aircraft arrive a day later (Feb. 2) so that its arrival and off-loading procedures will not conflict with the other aircraft.
  • — Proposed procedures for notifying the PRC of departure of aircraft and suggested time for testing this arrangement (Tab C).
  • — Request that a medical corpsman be allowed to accompany the advance party (Tab D).
  • — A list of equipment needed to support the aircraft arriving on February 1 (Tab E).
  • — A proposed plan for communications by the advance party (Tab F).

Major General Vernon W. Walters

Senior Defense Attache

American Embassy



Alexander Haig
Brigadier General, U.S. Army Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 849, President’s File-China Trip, China Exchanges, January 1-February 29, 1972. Top Secret; Sensitive; Eyes Only. The tabs are attached but not published. Walters’ account of the January 26 meeting is Document 82.
  2. Haig furnished instructions for documents Walters was asked to deliver to the Chinese ambassador on January 26.