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Conversation: 020-092

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Start Date: Tuesday, February 15, 1972 3:32 AM

End Date: Tuesday, February 15, 1972 3:40 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Kissinger, Henry A.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 02:54:28

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 03:02:36

020-092.mp3

NARA Description:

On February 14, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Henry A. Kissinger talked on the telephone from 10:32 pm to 10:40 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 020-092 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 20-92

Date: February 14, 1972
Time: 10:32 pm - 10:40 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Henry A. Kissinger.

     White House dinner
          -Andre Malraux
               -Quality of meeting
               -Malraux speech
               -Kissinger view
                     -Afternoon meeting
                     -Economic aid
                           -Mao Tse-tung
                           -Liberals
               -Mao’s forthcoming meeting with president
                     -Reason
               -Comment to president
                     -People’s Republic of China [PRC] trip
                           -Gen. Charles A.J.M. de Gaulle
                           -Effect on world
               -Effect of occasion
                     -The President’s comments
               -The President’s forthcoming trips to Soviet Union and PRC
                     -Comments on Mao Tse-tung and Jawaharal Nehru
               -Feeling for mystique
                     -American mystique
                           -Abraham Lincoln
                     -French view of mystique
                     -PRC view of mystique
                           -Kissinger’s trip
                                -Discussion with Chinese Marshal
                                      -Mao

     Handling of PRC trip
         -Need for dignity and confidence
         -Ability of others to handle
               -PRC trip
               -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
               -John B. Connally
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                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. 10/06)



     -President’s qualification to understand PRC
           -President’s schooling
     -Tragedies
           -PRC
     -Kissinger role in setting up trip

Malraux
     -Comments
     -Health
     -Economic preoccupation
     -Interpretation of Edward M. Kennedy remarks

Forthcoming PRC trip
     -Reason
          -Fear
          -Malraux’s view
                 -Economic aid
                       -Marxist view
          -Legitimacy
          -Malraux’s view
                 -Mao’s desires
                       -Chines unification
                            -Taiwan, Republic of China
                       -Respect
                       -Economic progress
     -Historical significance

White House dinner
     -Malraux
     -Howard K. Smith
          -Soviet Union trip
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                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)