American Vice-President Spiro. T. Agnew Flew out on his Asian tour yesterday (Saturday), bearing President?
SV INTERIOR..Agnew seated with Nixon (3 shots)
LV Nixon and Agnew walk from building to microphones
SV Nixon up to microphone, speaks (SOUND ON FILM)
sv Onlookers (MUTE)
CU Agnew speaking (SOUND ON FILM) shakes hands with Nixon
CU Marine guard by helicopter
CU President and Agnew walk to helicopter and shake hands, Agnew aboard (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT from Vice President's crest to GV..helicopter
CU Rotating blades
LV Helicopter taking off
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: NIXON: "In a very few minutes the Vice-President will be departing on a 30,000 mile trip, which will take him to Vietnam, Thailand, the Republic of China and Korea. On this trip he will be meeting with the heads of state of each of those countries. He will be having very substantive conversations, and he will be taking from me personal message -- but substantive messages -- on our bilateral relations with each nation."
SEQ. 5: AGNEW: "But of course this is a working trip, and I would expect to spend a great amount of my time in conversations with the high-level officials of these countries."
NIXON: "Good luck."
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Background: American Vice-President Spiro. T. Agnew Flew out on his Asian tour yesterday (Saturday), bearing President Nixon's renewed pledge that the United States will maintain its presence in South-East Asia.
Before Mr Agnew left San Clemente, California, on the first leg of his tour, both he and President Nixon renewed assurances that the U.S. would stand by its commitments in the Far East:
The Vice-President then boarded a helicopter to fly to a nearby air base. Like his II-nation tour of Asia and the Pacific earlier this year, Mr Agnew's new venture is keyed to the Nixon Doctrine -- the policy announced by the President a year ago, which combines a reduction of overall American presence in Asia with a reaffirmation of treaty commitments and greater emphasis on Asian self-help.
In South Korea -- Mr Agnew's first Asian stop -- he will give assurances that the U.S. will assist in the modernisation of the nation's military forces to counteract the withdrawal of some 20,000 American troops.
After Korea, Mr Agnew heads south to Taiwan, then to Thailand and South Vietnam. There have also been unconfirmed reports of a quick stopover in Cambodia.