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Conversation: 682-008

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Start Date: Friday, March 10, 1972 5:50 PM

End Date: Friday, March 10, 1972 6:10 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Kissinger, Henry A.White House photographerMatthews, Dianne C.United States Secret Service agentsBull, Stephen B.Watson, Arthur K.White House operatorFulbright, J. William

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:59:00

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:20:26

682a.mp3

682b.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 10, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, Henry A. Kissinger, White House photographer, Dianne C. Matthews, United States Secret Service agents, Stephen B. Bull, Arthur K. Watson, White House operator, and J. William Fulbright met in the Oval Office of the White House from 12:50 pm to 1:10 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 682-008 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 682-8

Date: March 10, 1972
Time: 12:50 pm - 1:10 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Henry A. Kissinger; the White House photographer was present at the
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beginning of the meeting.

[Recording begins while the conversation is in progress]

     Contact with the People’s Republic of China [PRC]
          -William P. Rogers
                -Unknown assistant secretary
                -Backchannel
                      -Arthur K. Watson

     Kissinger’s schedule
          -J. William Fulbright

     The President’s schedule
          -Meeting with Watson
          -Meeting with Dianne C. Matthews

Matthews entered at 12:52 pm.

     Matthews’s departure
          -Reasons
               -Engagement
                    -Fiancé
                          -National Security Council [NSC]
                          -Foreign Service
                    -Wedding
                          -Timing
                          -Virginia Beach
                          -Note from the President

Matthews left at 12:53 pm.

     The President’s forthcoming meeting with Watson
          -Topics of discussion
               -Channel to PRC
          -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins

     Kissinger’s schedule
          -Previous meeting with Businessmen
                -The President’s view
                     -H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
                           -Kissinger’s workload
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                               -Forthcoming meeting with Fulbright
          -Forthcoming meeting with businessmen
               -George Meany
               -Joseph Irwin Miller
               -Peter M. Flanigan

Kissinger met with an unknown man [Secret Service agent].

     Meeting with Watson

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 12:53 pm.

     Meeting with Watson

Bull left at an unknown time before 12:55 pm.

     PRC trip
         -George R.S. Baring [Earl of Cromer]
              -Congratulations of Edward R.G. Health
         -Charles McC. Mathias, Jr.

     Kissinger’s schedule

Watson entered at 12:55 pm.

     Congratulations on speech

     Backchannels to the PRC
         -Gerald R. Ford and [Thomas]Hale Boggs
              -Visit to PRC
         -The President
              -State Department
                     -Leaks
                          -The President’s forthcoming trip to the Soviet Union
                     -Watson’s experience
                          -Algeria
                     -Watson’s message to the State Department
                          -Cable
                               -[First name unknown] deBeaumarchais[sp?]

     Watson’s new house
         -The President’s schedule
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          -Watson’s previous house

     Kissinger’s schedule
          -Forthcoming meeting with Fulbright

Watson left at 12:59 pm.

     News summary
         -News story on possible joint US-Soviet manned space mission
         -Frank Borman
               -Trip to the Soviet Union
               -The President’s approval
                     Trip to greet returning astronauts
         -State Department
               -Leaks

     Kissinger’s schedule
          -Forthcoming meeting with Fulbright

The President talked with the White House operator at 12:59 pm.

[Conversation No. 682-8A]

[See Conversation No. 21-41]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Kissinger’s schedule
          -Forthcoming meeting with Fulbright

     New York Times article
         -Chou En-lai
         -Norodom Sihanouk
               -Meeting with North Vietnamese
         -Chou En-Lai
               -Meeting

The President talked with Fulbright between 1:00 pm and 1:02 pm; one item has been withdrawn
from this conversation.

[Conversation No. 682-8B]
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[See Conversation No. 21-42]

[End of telephone conversation]

     The PRC trip
          -Fulbright’s view
          -Rogers
          -Mathias
                -Talk with Kissinger
                      -Kissinger’s schedule
                            -Forthcoming conference
                                  -David Rockefeller
                      -Comments
          -Earl of Cromer
                -British reaction to trip
                -Shanghai communiqué
          -State Department
                -Memorandum on Taiwan, Republic of China
                -Committee leadership
          -Letters from the President
                -Heath
                -Georges J.R. Pompidou
                -Willy Brandt
                -Eisaku Sato
                -Heath
                -Pompidou
                -Winston Lord
                -Earl of Cromer
                      -Kissinger
                            -Briefing
                -The President’s forthcoming trip to the Soviet Union
                -Japanese
                      -Kissinger’s forthcoming trip
                -British
                      -Cromer
                -Brandt
                -Heath
          -State Department leaks
                -Watson
                      -John N. Irwin, II
                      -Kissinger’s view
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     State Department
           -Robert J. McCloskey
                -Haldeman
                      -Talk with Rogers
           -Rogers’s role in forthcoming Soviet trip
                -The President’s view
           -Secretaries of State
                -Foreign Service
                      -Cordell Hull
           -Kissinger’s forthcoming talk with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
                -Richard M. Helms
                -State Department
                -The President’s possible meeting with Dobrynin
                -Forthcoming US-Soviet summit
                -Meetings
                      -The President and Leonid I. Brezhnev
                            -Brezhnev, Aleksei N. Kosygin and Nikolai V. Podgorny
                -Andrei A. Gromyko
                      -Rogers’s forthcoming meetings
                            -Kosygin
                            -Podgorny

Kissinger’s forthcoming meeting with Fulbright

Kissinger left at 1:10 pm.