AMERICAN NOTES: Middle America to Middle Kingdom

Two American Vice Presidents, John Nance Garner in 1935 and Henry Wallace in 1944, made trips to China during their terms in office. Ulysses S. Grant toured Peking, Shanghai and Canton in 1879, two years after he had left the presidency. But no incumbent U.S. President has ever set foot on Chinese soil. This time, the whole world will watch on the tube the beginning of a new era in Sino-American relations —and a triumph for Richard Nixon.

In preparation for the trip (see THE WORLD), the President has read voluminously about China. One book that he publicly praised...

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