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American Experience; Nixon; Nixon in China, 1972 [Part 1 of 2]

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1) Arrival at Peking Airport, on US "Spirit of 76". Greeted by Zhou Enlai and others. Standing at attention while Chinese military band plays US and Chinese national anthems. Nixon and Zhou Enlai review paraded Chinese troops in greatcoats. (97’ sound on film). 2) Black and white segment of Mao Tse Tung and Richard Nixon, handshaking. Zhou Enlai and Henry Kissinger. Big smiles. 16' sound on film, guide track. 3) Richard and Pat Nixon enter Great Hall with Mao Tse Tung's wife Jiang Qing for ballet performances. Seen taking seats. Dramatic performance of a revolutionary theme, ballerina quivering on her toes, her cheek to the red flag. Applause. Nixon and audience at end. (100' sound on film including ABC commentary).

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American Experience
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Nixon in China, 1972 [Part 1 of 2]

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

In this three-hour presentation, Richard Nixon's life and political career are reassessed primarily by those who knew him best. The program chronicles his life from boyhood in Yorba Linda, California, through his days as a young Congressman to his presidency where he astounded the nation with his foreign policy initiatives and then left office in disgrace.



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United States--Politics and government
Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
United States--Foreign relations--Asia
Jiang, Qing, 1914-1991
United States--History--1945-
Nixon, Pat, 1912-1993
United States--Foreign relations--China
United States--Foreign relations--1945-1989
Zhou, Enlai, 1898-1976
China--Politics and government
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 ()
Zhou, Enlai, 1898-1976 ()
Jiang, Qing, 1914-1991 (Performer)
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ABC News VideoSource
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