President Nixon has briefed United States Senators on his moves to improve relations with the People's Republic of China, and his planned visit to that country.
BCU Ford speaking
BCU Mansfield speaking
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 1): FORD: "The President said that this was the first step in trying to re-establish normal relations with the mainland Chinese Government. And that it would be wise under these circumstances to be somewhat self disciplined in what we said concerning the meeting at the White House this morning."
(SEQ. 2): MANSFIELD: " He hasn't much to tell us, yet. I would point out that it will take a lot of preparatory ground work. There'll be negotiations back and forth before a meeting can take place, and I would say that both that the administration and the People's Republic of China are both in the dark at the present time, that they have to work out these arrangements on a step by step basis. And in that way arrive at an agreement eventually as to what subjects will be covered, in what detail and at what time."
NEWSMAN: "What are your hopes after the meeting Senator?"
MANSFIELD: "Well my hopes are high, because this could mark the end of an old era and the beginning of a new era. Perhaps the disappear of the past could be dispelled and hope for the future take its place."
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Background: President Nixon has briefed United States Senators on his moves to improve relations with the People's Republic of China, and his planned visit to that country. At the same time Secretary of State William Rogers was briefing foreign envoys. Our Production 8252/71 serviced today deals with this.