President Nixon's special envoy Dr. Henry Kissinger, told a Washington news conference on Thursday (February?
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KISSINGER: "As the communique points out, we reviewed the progress in Sino-American relations, in great detail, and we reviewed the international situation in great detail. We discussed the principles of the Shanghai communique, particularly those that dealt with the desirability of normalization of relations, the desirability of reducing the danger of military conflict, the affirmation by both sides that neither would seek hegemony in the Pacific, and each of them opposed the attempt of anyone else to achieve it, and that the relations between China and the United States would never be directed against any third country.
"The basic purpose of my visit to Hanoi was not to work out an economic aid programme. The purpose of my visit to Hanoi was to establish contact with the leadership of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in order to see whether it would be possible to establish, with it, in Indo-China, something like the relationship we have established with The People's Republic of China and Asia in general. And you should look at the economic aid programme, not in terms of a handout, and not in terms of a programme of reconstruction alone, but of an attempt to enable the leaders of North Vietnam to work together with other countries, and particularly with Western countries, in a more constructive relationship.
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Background: President Nixon's special envoy Dr. Henry Kissinger, told a Washington news conference on Thursday (February 22) that talks just held with The People's Republic of China were aimed at "normalisation of relations."
Dr. Kissinger was enlarging on a 300-world communique issued in Shanghai after he held talks with Chinese leaders.
The People's Republic and the United States are taking the first steps towards eventual diplomatic recognition with the establishment of missions in Washington and Peking.
These will be followed by various trade and cultural exchanges.
Both countries have agreed to negotiate a settlement of outstanding claims for property seized since 1950 when diplomatic relations were broken.
Dr. Kissinger said talks he had in hanoi with leaders of North Vietnam were meant to see if relations could be normalised on the same basis as those with China.
He said the meetings were not designed to establish any economic aid programme for reconstruction if North Vietnam.
This film shows Dr. Kissinger's replies to questions on Sino-American relations and on his Hanoi talks, a transcript of which follows: