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Henry Kissinger and Mao Zedong "Memorandum of Conversation," November 12, 1973, 5:40-8:25pm

Henry Kissinger, U.S. Secretary of State, spoke with Chinese leaders at Chairman Mao's residence in Beijing.
November 12, 1973

PARTICIPANTS:         Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Mao Ze-dong)
                                      Prime Minister Chou En-lai (Zhou En-lai)
                                      Foreign Minister Chi Peng-fei
                                      Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Hai-jung
                                      Tang, Wen-sheng, Interpreter
                                      Shen Jo-yen, Interpreter

                                      Henry A. Kissinger, Secretary of State
                                      Ambassador David Bruce, Chief U.S. Liaison Office                    
                                      Winston Lord, Director of Planning and Coordination, Department of State

DATE AND TIME:       Monday, November 12, 1973 - 5:40-8:25pm

PLACE:                       Chairman Mao's Residence, Peking
                                      People's Republic of China

(There was informal conversation as Chairman Mao greeted the Secretary, Ambassador Bruce, and Mr. Lord in turn while the photographers took pictures. The Chairman said that he had not seen the Secretary in a long time and that he now had a higher position. The Secretary responded that the Chairman looked well, and the Chairman commented that he was fair. To Ambassador Bruce, the Chairman commented that he was advancing in age like him, but younger. Ambassador Bruce responded that he was not much younger. To Mr. Lord, the Chairman noted that he was very young.)

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