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The Inside Story of Richard Nixon's 1972 Journey to China

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Published on Nov 5, 2010

The first panel features eye-witness panelists discussing how that historic trip was planned and executed. It features three members of President Nixon's immediate Oval Office staff who worked with the President and Chinese leaders to manage the logistics and protocol of the trip and subsequently managed the February 1972 visit. The presentation will include segments from telephone calls made and behind the scenes video taken by participants in the trip.

Panelists:

Dwight Chapin, Deputy Assistant to the President
Chapin was a field representative in Nixon's 1962 California campaign and was Nixon's personal assistant during his 1968 presidential run. He served as the President's appointments secretary from 1969 to
1973.

Jack Brennan, Military Aide to the President
Colonel Brennan was appointed Marine Corps Aide to President Nixon after serving in Vietnam, where he earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. In 1972, he accompanied Nixon on his historic trip to China, making him the first Marine to set foot in People's Republic.

Larry Higby, Assistant White House Chief-of-Staff
Higby served as Chief-of-Staff H.R. "Bob" Haldeman's assistant. He subsequently became a business leader as well as spearheading California's largest Republican political action committee.

Classroom use of this video is permitted. We would appreciate feedback from viewers. Please write to us at uschina@usc.edu.

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