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Start Date: 11-Oct-1971 10:28 AM

End Date: 11-Oct-1971 11:25 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Colson, Charles W.Kissinger, Henry A.White House operatorSanchez, ManoloTkach, Walter R.Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:21:47

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:11:12

287a.mp3

287b.mp3

NARA Description:

On October 11, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Charles W. Colson, Henry A. Kissinger, White House operator, Manolo Sanchez, Walter R. Tkach, and H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 10:28 am to 11:25 am. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 287-007 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 287-7

Date: October 11, 1971
Time: 10:28 am - 11:25 am
Location: Executive Office Building

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

[Conversation No. 287-7A]

[See Conversation No. 11-28]

Henry A. Kissinger entered at 10:32 am.

[End of telephone conversation]

     Greetings

     People’s Republic of China [PRC] trip preparation
          -Kissinger's schedule
               -Possible Number of attendees
                     -Dwight L. Chapin
                     -Press
                     -Secret Service
                     -Communications personnel
                     -The President’s view
                                           5

                       NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/06)
                                                                 Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


                       -White House staff
                       -Support staff
                  -Kissinger's conversation with Chou En-lai
                       -Staff size
                  -The President's feelings about size of party
                       -Secret Service
                  -Kissinger’s forthcoming meeting with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
                       -Secret Service
                             -Communist countries
                                   -Moscow
                                   -Romania
                             -The President’s instructions


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[National Security]
[Duration: 37s ]


    SECURITY


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

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             -Media coverage
                 -Television
                 -The President’s view
                 -Washington Post
                 -New York Times
                 -Los Angeles Times

    US-Soviet Union Summit announcement
        -Marvin L. Kalb and Bernard Kalb
        -Camp David
        -Supreme Court appointment
        -Economy
                                           6

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


               -Phase II
         -Spiro T. Agnew
         -Walter L. Cronkite, Jr.

    Preparation for forthcoming press conference announcing US-Soviet Union Summit
         -Knowledge of US-Soviet Union Summit announcement
               -Patrick J. Buchanan
               -Ronald L. Ziegler
               -John A. Scali
         -Forthcoming briefing
               -Tone
                     -Senators and Congressmen
                     -Cabinet officials
               -Compared with previous PRC trip announcement
               -Consultations with allies before meeting
               -Peking
                     -Discussions
                           -Possible response
               -Meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] allies
                     -Possible responses
                     -Kissinger’s efforts
                           -Georges J.R. Ponpidou
                           -Willy Brandt
                           -Eisaku Sato
                           -Italians


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[Privacy]
[Duration: 12s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4

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    Japan
         -Nobusuke Kishi
                                              7

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


                -Possible meeting with the President
                -Textile negotiations

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 10:36 am and
10:45 am.

[Conversation No. 287-7B]

[See Conversation No. 11-29]

[End of telephone conversation]


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
[Privacy]
[Duration: 8s ]


MANOLO SANCHEZ ENTERED AT AN UNKNOWN TIME AFTER 10:36 AM.


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6

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     Japan
          -Sato
          -Possible delay in Kishi’s trip
          -Textile negotiations
                -Possible application of Code 202
                -Kishi
                                               8

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8
[Privacy]
[Duration: 19s ]


THE PRESIDENT TALKED WITH DR. WALTER R. TKACH BETWEEN 10:45 AM AND
10:46 AM.

[CONVERSATION NO. 287-7C]

[SEE CONVERSATION NO. 11-31]

[END OF TELEPHONE CONVERSATION]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8

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    Textile negotiations with Japan
         -Peter G. Peterson
               -Activities
               -Kissinger’s previous meeting
                                           9

                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                     (rev. 10/06)
                                                                  Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9
[Privacy]
[Duration: 9s ]


MANOLO SANCHEZ ENTERED AT AN UNKNOWN TIME AFTER 10:46 AM.

SANCHEZ LEFT AT AN UNKNOWN TIME BEFORE 11:25 AM.


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9

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    United Nations [UN] vote
         -Timing of US action
              -Soviet Union
                    -PRC

    Briefing on PRC trip
          -Kissinger's schedule
               -Senators
               -Media
                     -Washington Post, New York Times, networks
               -Congressional participants

    Edward M. Kennedy
        -Harvard
             -Voter registration drive
                  -News summary report
                  -Edmund S. Muskie
                  -George S. McGovern
                  Paul N. McCloskey, Jr.
                                                 10

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


     Vietnam
          -Student opinion
               -Kissinger’s view
                     -The President’s policies

     Possible media reaction to forthcoming announcement

     Possible press briefing responses
          -Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty [SALT]
          -Vietnam
          -The President’s responses
          -PRC
                -Moscow trip
          -The President’s foreign policy

     The President's schedule
          -Meeting with Kissinger
               -Discussion items

     PRC trip plans
         -Press
         -Secret Service
         -Itinerary

The President talked with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman at an unknown time between 10:46 am 11:25
am.

[Conversation No. 287-7D]

          -Secret Service
                                          11

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 11A
[National Security]
[Duration:


    SECURITY


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 11A

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              -Safety in Communist countries


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 11B
[National Security]
[Duration:


    SECURITY


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 11B

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              -Communications
         -White House staff
         -The President’s view
         -Secret Service
         -Valets
         -US dinner
              -Chefs, Waiters
              -Lack of facilities
         -Secretaries
                                               12

                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                         Tape Subject Log
                                           (rev. 10/06)
                                                                  Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


                -Genders
                -Ziegler, Kissinger, William P. Rogers
                -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon
                -Rose Mary Woods

[End of telephone conversation]

     Possible press briefing responses
          -UN vote on Taiwan
                -The President’s view

     UN vote on Taiwan
         -Yitzhak Rabin
               -Israel's UN vote
                     -Arabs
         -George H. W. Bush
               -UN vote
                     -News summary
                     -Panama
                     -Venezuela
                     -Robert B. Anderson
                           -Panama

     Kissinger's Schedule
          -Rabin
                -UN vote

     PRC trip
         -President’s statement on UN vote
         -Bush
         -Rogers

     PRC
           -Representation

     The President’s forthcoming press briefing
          -Purpose of Kissinger's PRC trip
               -Possible responses
          -South Vietnamese election
               -Nguyen Van Thieu
                      -Foreign governments
                                             13

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                 Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


                         -African states

                         -Rogers
                               -"Face the Nation"
                    -The President's letter of congratulations


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 14
[Privacy]
[Duration: 19s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 14

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    US foreign relations
         -South Vietnam
              -US representation at Thieu's inauguration
         -Chile
              -Kissinger's schedule
                     -Chilean Foreign Minister
                          -Nationalization
                                -Possible solution
                                -Kissinger’s response
              -Kissinger's advice
                     -Compensation
                     -Nationalization
                                            14

                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 16
[Privacy]
[Duration: 30s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 16

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    The President's schedule
         -Meeting with Kissinger
         -Meeting with Californians
         -Meeting with Kissinger
              -Dinner invitation

    Kissinger's trip
         -Japan

    US foreign relations
         -Seven Point Plan
               -Vietnam
         -Unintelligible name
               -Washington Post
         -State Department
         -Bush
               -UN delegation
               -Douglas Henderson [?]
         -Rogers
         -Possible security conference
               -The Presidents view
               -Aldo Moro
               -Berlin Agreement
         -Soviet missile silos story
               -Possible questions at press conference
                     -Possible responses
                     -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
         -Walter Lippman
               -Interview in Washington Post
                                         15

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                     (rev. 10/06)
                                                          Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


               -The President's PRC initiative
               -Pentagon Papers
               -PRC
     -John Kenneth Galbraith’s view

Term "charisma"
    -Liberals interest
          -John F. Kennedy
          -Charles A.J.M. De Gaulle
          -John Kennedy
                -Berlin

The President's schedule
     -Briefing
           -Kissinger's schedule
                 -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
                 -Rogers
     -Meeting with leaders
           -Rogers
           -Cambodia
           -Laos
           -Rogers and Kissinger

The President's philosophy
     -Soviets
           -SALT
     -The President’s forthcoming press conference
           -Rogers and Kissinger
     -State of the country
           -The press
           -The President’s role
                 -Kissinger’s view

US foreign relations
     -Relations with Soviet bloc
          -PRC
     -Media interest
          -Newsweek
          -Time

News summary
                                           16

                       NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/06)
                                                            Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


    -Bernard L. and Marvin Kalb
    -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
Media
    -Leak of US-Soviet Union Summit announcement
         -New York Times


The President's schedule
     -Moro
     -Volpe
          -Sons of Italy
     -Future press conferences
          -The President’s accomplishments
     -US-Soviet Union Summit
     -Andrei A. Gromyko

SALT
    -Soviet missile silos
         -The President’s view
    -Anti-ballistic missiles [ABM]
         -Radar
                -Effect

The President's forthcoming trip to PRC
     -Haldeman
     -Chapin
           -Advance operations
     -Communications
           -Gen. Albert Redman, Jr.
           -The President’s instructions
     -Trip Itinerary
           -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
           -Shanghai
                 -Navigator

PRC knowledge of US actions
    -Lt. Gen Vernon A. Walters
    -US-Soviet Union Summit
          -Date

Kissinger's schedule
                                              17

                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                  Conv. No. 287-7 (cont.)


           -Moro
           -Meeting with the President, October 12, 1971

Kissinger left at 11:25 am