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Henry Kissinger and Mao Zedong "Memorandum of Conversation," February 17-18, 1973, 11:30pm-1:20am

Henry Kissinger, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, spoke with Chinese leaders at Chairman Mao's residence in Beijing.
February 18, 1973

PARTICIPANTS:         Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong), Chairman, Politburo, Chinese Communist Party
                                      Chou En-lai (Zhou Enlai), Premier of the State Council
                                      Wang Hai-jung, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs
                                      Tang Wen-sheng, Interpreter
                                      Shen Jo-yun, Interpreter

                                      Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Assistant to the President for NationalSecurity Affairs
                                      Winston Lord, NSC Staff

DATE AND TIME:       Saturday, February 17, 1973, 11:30 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 1973, 1:20 a. m.

PLACE:                       Chungnanhai (Zhongnanhai), Chairman Mao's Residence
                                      Peking (Beijing), People's Republic of China

(At 11:00 p.m. February 17, 1973 at a meeting in a villa near the . Guest House where Dr. Kissinger and his party were staying, Prime Minister Chou En-lai informed Dr. Kissinger that he and Winston Lord were invited to meet with Chairman Mao Tsetung at 11 :30 p. m. that evening. He told Dr. Kissinger that he would come to the Guest House shortly to escort him to the Chairman's residence.

Dr. Kissinger and his delegation members at the meeting went back to the Guest House. Prime Minister Chou En-Iai came to the Guest House at 11:20 p. m. and rode with Dr. Kissinger to Chungnanhai Mr. Chu, Deputy Director of Protocol, accompanied Mr. Lord. Prime Minister Chou En-Iai escorted Dr. Kissinger into the outer room of the Guest House and then through another room to Chairman Mao's sitting room.

The Chairman was helped up from his chair by his young female attendant and came forward to greet Dr. Kissinger. Photographers took pictures. He welcomed Dr. Kissinger and Dr. Kissinger pointed out that it was almostly exactly a year ago that he had first met the Chairman. The Chairman then greeted Mr. Lord and commented that he was so young, younger than the interpreters. Mr. Lord replied that he was in any event older than the interpreters. The Chairman then motioned to the large easy chairs and the parties sat down. The photographers continued to take pictures. )

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