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Date: 
Feb 14, 1972
Location: 
Oval Office
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1 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 670-23/671-1 Date: February 14, 1972 Time: 4:09 pm - 6:19 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Andre Malraux, Sophia K. Porson and Henry A. Kissinger. [This is a continuation of Conversation No. 670-23; an unknown portion of this meeting was not recorded while the tape was being changed.] Vietnam -Withdrawal -Relevance -Chinese power -October Revolution People’s Republic of China [PRC] and Japan -Foreign policy -Importance -Germany -US policy towards PRC -Time limit -Vietnam -PRC activity Foreign policy -Japan -Chinese -Soviets -US withdrawal -Pacific -Japan -Economic -Potential status -History -Sense of destiny -Psyche -Nuclear commitment -West Germany -Defense -Nuclear commitment by US -Terms of peace
2 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-PRC -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] -Japanese concern -Withdrawal -Pacific -US -Bases -Japan -USSR -Possible threat -World peace -European alliance -Withdrawal of forces -Germans -USSR -Influence with East Germany -Options -“Balance of Power” -Future -Strength -Europe -Market -US -Japan -US nuclear defense -PRC -Potential for safer world -US -Critics -Domestic and abroad -World role -President’s view -PRC -Chou En-lai -Mao Tse-tung -Non-expansionist power -World role -US -Malraux -Anti-Memoirs -World power
3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-War -Peace -US -Responsibility -Withdrawal -Japan -Germany -Assistance and possible guarantees -Stable world -Withdrawal -Pacific -President’s view -Critics -Abroad -Isolationist theorists in the US -Advice -Europe -PRC -Policy comparison -US role -Circumstances -Pacific -Japan -Europe -North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] -Possible consequences -Malraux -US -Withdrawal -World’s people -Opinion -Skepticism -Pacific -Europe -Malraux’s view -US -Withdrawal -NATO -Bilateral Agreement -Isolationists -Gaullism
4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-United Europe -Great Britain -Similarity to the Balkans -Possible difficulties for US -Economics -Politics -Defense -Gen. Charles A.J.M de Gaulle -Britain -Japan -Lack of atomic capabilities -West Germany -West Germany -World War II -Japan -West Germany and Japan -Self-defense -Nuclear -Sense of destiny -Protection by another power -World peace -Asia -US withdrawal -Prospects -Press -Mao Tse-tung -US world policy -John Foster Dulles -Japan -Withdrawal -Hesitation -Asia -US -World responsibility -Importance to USSR
5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
The President’s schedule -Malraux -Dinner -Location -William P. Rogers -Kissinger -PRC leaders -Appreciation for meeting -Dinner -Past meetings -1969 -PRC Foreign policy -De Gaulle -The President’s meeting in 1963 -Prescience -US -Policy at that time -USSR -PRC -Relations with USSR and PRC -Importance -De Gaulle’s perspective -Kissinger’s meeting in 1959 Malraux and Porson left at 5:28 pm. The President’s forthcoming trip to the PRC -PRC leaders’ expectations -The President -View of history -Malraux -Health -Forthcoming dinner -Mao Tse-tung -The President’s age -World leadership -Age -John F. Kennedy -Mao Tse-tung’s possible opinion
6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-De Gaulle -Historical figures -Bluntness Foreign policy -Chinese -US understanding -International situation -Unimportantance of tactical details -Chou En-lai -Mao Tse-tung -General discussion -Vietnam -Malraux’s views -US -Withdrawal -Japan -Europe -US world role -Domestic critics -Lack of understanding -PRC -Withdrawal
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-Malraux
7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-Kissinger -Agreement -Chinese -Compared to Soviets -History -Confucius -Philosophy -Differences -Principles -World domination -Malraux -Soviets -Future Presidents -USSR compared to PRC -Relations with US -Balance of power -USSR -PRC -Vietnam -Conduct of war -Consequences -Choices -Malraux -De Gaulle -Meeting with the President -Statement -PRC -PRC -Ambivalence toward US -India-Pakistan War -US stance -Asia -US relevance -Vietnam -Kissinger’s view -Withdrawal -History -De Gaulle -Algeria -North Vietnamese -Meetings with Kissinger
8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -Impact on domestic opponents -Sense of urgency -Importance -Prisoners of war [POWs] -Secret meetings -Cambodia -Laos -Public opinion -Points in agreement -South Vietnamese -Structure -Non-Communist -PRC -Malraux’s view -Southeast Asia -Domination -Numbers -Means -Subversion culture -Communism -Japan -Standard of living -Communism -PRC -Competition -Vietnam -Withdrawal -PRC -Southeast Asia -PRC -Malraux’s statement about foreign policy -Posture -Reception for President of Somalia -Kissinger’s concern -Counterweight to USSR -Subcontinent -Global policy -Domination -USSR and PRC -Japan
9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-US relations -Importance of maintaining alliance -Malraux -Experience and age -Cambodia -Prison -US invitation -President’s questions to Malraux -Chou En-lai -The President’s forthcoming questions -Tone -US -World role -Withdrawal -Formosa [Taiwan, Republic of China] -PRC -Communiqué -PRS -John B. Connally and Rogers -Lack of experience with leaders -Connally -Talk with Kissinger Alexander P. Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 5:28 pm. Location of a briefing book Butterfield left at an unknown time before 6:00 pm.
10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
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-Communiqué -Language -Agreement -Formosa -Possible criticisms -James L. Buckley -William F. Buckley, Jr. -South Korea and Japan -Treaty commitments -Formosa -Separate section -Formosa -Treaty -Rogers -Connally -Involvement -Rogers -Connally -Europeans -Chinese -Kissinger’s view -Foreign relations -Desire to maintain a peaceful settlement -Language -Rogers -Kissinger
11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-Formosa -Re-write -Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -First draft -PRC commitment -Force in lieu of a settlement -Formosa -Treaty -US Commitment -Difficulties -Mao Tse-tung -Talk with Kissinger -State Department -Language -South Korea -State Department -The President’s meetings -Construction of communiqué -Difficulties -Chou En-lai -Mao Tse-tung -Chou En-lai -Message from Kissinger -Meeting -Plenary session -Workout strategy -Chou En-lai -Chou En-lai -President’s upcoming meeting -Mao Tse-tung -Rogers -Kissinger’s possible explanation -Bermuda -Sir Burke Trend -Kissinger -Rogers -France -Germans -Established practices -Trip -Need for success
12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-Communiqué -News magazines -Foreign policy -Renunciation of forces -Establishment of common principles -Conduct -Opposition to hegemony in Pacific -Possible interpretation -Danger -Sino-US alliance -USSR -Japan -Rogers -Kissinger’s view Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 5:28 pm. Refreshments The President left at an unknown time before 6:00 pm. Sanchez -The President -PRC trip -Attendance -Schedule -Key Biscayne
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13 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
The President entered at an unknown time before 6:00 pm. Sanchez left at an unknown time before 6:00 pm. PRC -Communiqué -Changes -Indian section -Language -Use of “revolution” -Taiwan -Possible acceptance -Kissinger -Talk with Chou En-lai -Mao Tse-tung -Talk with the President -US domestic debate -Bureaucracy -Rogers -Chou En-lai -Promises by Kissinger -Suggested response -Language -Trade Malraux -Stature in France -Gaullism -Europe -Balkanization -Neutral -Finland PRC -Plenary session -Kissinger -Draft -Opening statement John N. Mitchell -Resignation
14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-Timing -Involvement Connally -Praise from Kissinger Rose Mary Woods entered at 6:00 pm. Letter -Mitchell -The President’s reply -Copy -Delivery Timing Woods left at 6:01 pm. Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 6:01 pm. Porson -Translation skills -Malraux dinner -Possible invitation -Unknown male translator -Porson compared to Lt. Gen. Vernon A. Walters -Understanding -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -The President’s preference for male translators -Walters -The President’s appreciation for efforts -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon Butterfield left at an unknown time before 6:19 pm. PRC -Trip -Importance -Need to avoid irritations to the President -Rigors of agenda -Chinese -Qualities
15 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-Soviets -Comparisons -Possible posture by the President Vietnamese negotiations -Paris trip by Kissinger -Knowledge -Haldeman -Haig -State Department -Ronald L. Ziegler -Le Duc Tho -Press -Departure -Andrews Air Force Base -The President -Florida -Walker’s Key -Strategy -Helicopter flight from Key Biscayne -Strategy -Return flight to Andrews AFB -Camp David -Helicopter to base -Departure with the President -Timing -Peace proposal -Reaction by Edmund S. Muskie -Reaction by North Vietnam -Le Duc Tho -Meeting with Kissinger -Lunch -Answer to invitation -Timing -Text -Walters -Lunch -Date -Walters -North Vietnamese -Meal
16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-Significance -Communists -Negotiations -Korean War -The President’s actions -Vietnam as national issue -Troop withdrawals -North Vietnamese -Offensive -PRC trip -Effect -Public opinion -Tet -1968 -Differences -PRC trip -Publicity -Moscow trip -North Vietnamese -Pressure on the President -Possible offensive -Timing -Moscow -US position -Force -Pacific Ocean -India-Pakistan War -Carriers -Bay of Bengal -USSR -PRC -East Pakistan -West Pakistan -PRC policy -Soviets -Leonid I. Brezhnev -The President’s letter -Chou En-lai -The President’s letter -Bombing -Movement of forces
17 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
-Policy -North Vietnamese -Offers -US options -Communists -Maoists -Peace conference -Versailles -Chinese -Encouragement prior to trip -Peking -Chinese -Paris trip by Kissinger -Chou En-lai -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -Kissinger’s forthcoming talk -Moscow -Peking -War -North Vietnamese casualties -Italian journalists -Number -Compared to US population -North Vietnamese -Cambodia -Laos -Number of forces -US withdrawal -Possible date -Possible North Vietnamese offensive -October 1972 -US public reaction -Withdrawal of troops -Weather -South Vietnamese -Strength Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 6:01 pm. Delivery of briefing book
18 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 670-23/671-1 (cont.)
Butterfield left at an unknown time before 6:19 pm. Vietnam -US plans Malraux -Dinner -Talking -Guest list -Toast -Kissinger -The President -Speech -Length Kissinger left at 6:19 pm.
Conversation No. 671-2 Date: February 14, 1972 Time: Unknown between 6:19 pm and 6:30 pm Location: Oval Office The President talked with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. The President’s schedule -Request for a delivery [George H. Gallup] poll -Timing -Results -Compared to Administration [Opinion Research Corporation [ORC]] poll -Vietnam -Donald H. Rumsfeld -Telephone call to Gallup
19 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 671-3 Date: February 14, 1972 Time: Unknown between 6:19 pm and 6:30 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull. The President’s schedule -Manolo Sanchez -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman Bull left at 6:30 pm.
Conversation No. 671-4 Date: February 14, 1972 Time: 6:30 pm - 7:08 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Manolo Sanchez and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. Briefcase Sanchez left at an unknown time before 6:33 pm. Donald H. Rumsfeld -Talk with George H. Gallup -Poll -Release -People’s Republic of China [PRC] trip -Timing -Outcome -Ronald L. Ziegler -Tricia Nixon Cox -Eugene V. Risher
20 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 6:30 pm. Henry A. Kissinger -Summons to the Oval Office Bull left at an unknown time before 6:33 pm. Risher -Speech -Harvard Lincoln’s Inn Club -Edward R.F. Cox -Conservative views -Tricia Nixon Cox -Press -Bias concerning the President -Ziegler -Columns -Backing off statements -Frank Cormier -Helen Thomas Kissinger entered at 6:33 pm. PRC -Haldeman -Rumsfeld -Gallup -School -Weekly poll on February 4-6, 1972 -Presidential approval -Percentage -Release -Previous polls -Timing -PRC trip -Positive percentage -Louis R. Harris -War -Poll -Percentage -Improvement
21 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 671-4 (cont. )
-Release -Timing -Polls -North Vietnamese -Chinese -Poll watching -Trip -July 1971 -North Vietnamese -Effect -Gallup’s view -Democrats -Release Vietnam -The President’s Vietnam peace proposal speech, January 25, 1972 -Effect -Administration [Opinion Research Corporation [ORC]] polls -Compared to Gallup polls -Telephone -Percentages -Effect -Haldeman’s Today Show interview, February 7, 1972 -Haldeman -Letters -Wires -Letters -“Silent Majority” -Comments from citizens -John Birch Society -Charles S. Rhyne -Comments -Defense against libel, slander -President’s position -Distortion -North Vietnamese -The President’s speech -Haldeman -The President’s press conference, February 10, 1972 -Effect -William P. Rogers
22 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 671-4 (cont. )
-The press -Defense -Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu -Military -US public support -Congress -Media -Cabinet PRC trip -Rogers -Meetings -Rogers’ assistance -Communiqué -History -Mao Tse-tung -Rogers -Formosa [Taiwan, Republic of China] -Cultural -Trade -State Department -Possible public impressions -Chou En-lai -Mao Tse-tung -Kissinger -Prior trip -Rogers -Cultural agreement -Hugh S. Sidey -Story on Kissinger in Life -The President’s actions -Technical arrangements -Perusal of statements -Kissinger -Previous visit to PRC -Meetings with the President -Vietnam -PRC -President’s meetings with Kissinger -Press -The President’s knowledge of events
23 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 671-4 (cont. )
-Dwight D. Eisenhower Relationship with staff, Cabinet -Compared to Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles -State Department -State Department -Foreign policy -Claims -Credibility -India- Pakistan War -China policy -Chinese -Need for US support -Andre Malraux -Economic aid -Economics -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] -President’s analysis to the Chinese -Agenda -Kissinger talking paper -USSR -PRC -Chou En-lai -Meeting with President -World situation -Quick review -Taiwan -5 Points -Vietnam -Communiqué -Treaty commitments -World situation -USSR -India -Southeast Asia -US position -Self interest -Kissinger -Protocol -Translator -Length of comments -Recommended length
24 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 671-4 (cont. )
-Mao Tse-tung -Opening plenary statement -Reading by the President -Importance -Chou En-lai -Notes -Analysis -Kissinger’s meeting with North Vietnamese -Reparation -Speaking -Formality -Order -Plenary session -Topics -List -Kissinger setup -Previous visit -Kissinger’s opinion -Polls -Rumsfeld -Gallup -Return call -Release -National interest -Trip to USSR -World history -Edmund S. Muskie -Impact of PRC trip -1971 -Press coverage -Haldeman’s trip to Doubleday book store -Books on PRC -Gallup -Timing -Haldeman interview -Press conference Vietnam -Polls -South Vietnam -Bombing
25 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 671-4 (cont. )
-Possible public opinion -North Vietnam -Bombing -Press -Escalation of war -Perception -South Vietnam -North Vietnam -Offensive -Expectation of public and press -Bombing -Timing -Kissinger’s reply to note -PRC trip -US arrival -Impact -North Vietnam targets -Pleiku, Kontum -Forbidden City -Television -Chinese -Chou En-lai PRC trip -Interpreters -Record -Possible number -State Department -Rogers -Record -Summaries -Previous meetings -Translator -Chinese -State Department -President’s request -Official record -English -US note taker -Winston Lord -Prior experience
26 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 671-4 (cont. )
-American translator -Kissinger’s staff -John H. Holdridge -Knowledge of Chinese language -Check on Chinese translation -Lord -Holdridge -Skills -Chinese -Six translators -US -Four translators -Holdridge -Knowledge of Chinese -Previous meetings -State Department -Plenary session -Rogers -Holdridge -Listening -Notes -Nikita S. Khrushchev -Misinterpretation -Language -State Department -Holdridge -Reliability -Lord -Notes -Holdridge -Role -Nuances -Lord -Concentration on words -Rogers -Record -Memoranda of conversations -“Big picture” -Holdridge -Chinese -Previous meetings
27 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 671-4 (cont. )
-Chinese -Success -India-Pakistan War -Reception -Cameras -Square -Motorcade -PRC procedure -Formal reception -Crowds -Kissinger’s view -The President -Shanghai and Hangchow -Communiqué -Chou En-lai -Timing -Peking -Shanghai -Communications ground station -Coverage -Film -Communiqué -Peking -Tour -Longest visit to foreign country by President on official visit -[Thomas] Woodrow Wilson -Paris -Conference [Treaty of Versailles] -Talks -Trip -Toast -The President -Reading -Importance -Khrushchev -Television -Chou En-lai -Possible lighting problem -Khrushchev -1959 -Length
28 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 671-4 (cont. )
-Khrushchev -Tone -Chou En-lai -Advance text -Kissinger previous visit -Chou En-lai -Timing -The President’s view -Television audience -Length -Chou En-lai’s toast to Kissinger The President, Haldeman, and Kissinger left at 7:08 pm.
Conversation No. 671-5 Date: February 14, 1972 Time: Unknown between 7:09 pm and 11: 59 pm Location: Oval Office Unknown people [Secret Service agents] met. The President’s location -Residence An unknown agent talked with an unknown person at an unknown time after 7:08 pm. [Conversation No. 671-5A] [Unintelligible] The conversation was cut off at an unknown time before 11:59 pm.