Secret White House Tapes

539–12

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539–12
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Henry A. Kissinger
July 19, 1971
Conversation No. 539-12

Date: July 19, 1971
Time: Unknown between 12:08 pm and 1:08 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President dictated a memorandum to Henry A. Kissinger

The US-People’s Republic of China [PRC] initiative
-Kissinger’s press briefing
-Content

[End of dictation]

Kissinger entered at 12:48 pm

Kissinger’s schedule
-Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
-John B. Connally
-The press
-July 20, 1971
-Meeting with conservatives

The PRC initiative
-Staff meeting
-Patrick J. Buchanan
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-Press story
-The PRC’s stance
-North Vietnam
-News magazines
-Coverage
-Knowledge
-Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, William P. Rogers
-Call from Joseph W. Alsop Conv. No. 539-12 (cont.)
-State Department knowledge
-Comparison to Cambodian action
-Future handling of announcements
-Possible Soviet summit
-The President’s visit to Perino’s Restaurant
-Press coverage
-Effect of announcement
-Memorandum for Kissinger’s briefing
-The President
-Meeting in Lincoln Sitting Room
-The President, Kissinger

Kissinger left at 12:55 pm

The President dictated a memorandum to Kissinger at an unknown time between 12:55 pm and
1:08 pm

The PRC initiative
-Kissinger’s press briefing
-Content

[The President played back a portion of the dictation]

[End of dictation]

[This dictation continues on Conversation No. 539-13]
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Tape Subject Log
(rev. 10/08)
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