The Nation: The President's Odyssey Day by Day

ACCOMPANYING the President to China for TIME were Washington Bureau Chief Hugh Sidey and White House Correspondent Jerrold Schecter. Herewith, excerpted from their notebooks, their day-by-day impressions and perceptions of Nixon's China odyssey:

First Day

Arrival in Peking. Trip from airport to city. Meeting with Mao. First banquet in the Great Hall of the People:

It is a lonely arrival. One probably will never know if Richard Nixon expected such a soundless, emotionless affair. After the storm of publicity in the U.S., all the smells and sounds of power that have gone with the...

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