This series contains memoranda, reports, memoranda of conversation, background papers, and talking points prepared for use by the President and Henry A. Kissinger. The China materials concern the latter's trips to the People's Republic of China (PRC) in July and October 1971. Included are exchanges through intermediaries between the US and the PRC prior to Dr. Kissinger's secret trip in July 1971. There is also material relating to the drafting of the Shanghai Communiqué, signed at the conclusion of the President's trip in February 1972. There are background materials for use by General Haig, Senators Mansfield and Scott, and Representatives Boggs and Ford for their respective trips to the PRC in 1972. The Vietnam materials are primarily memoranda of conversation concerning the secret negotiations Dr. Kissinger conducted with the North Vietnamese in Paris from 1969 to 1973. Also included are memoranda of conversations from Dr. Kissinger's Saigon trip in 1972. Of particular interest are letters from President Thieu to President Nixon during the final phases of the Paris negotiations, November 1972-January 1973.
Section 2: President's Trips File
This series contains materials created by the National Security Council for the President in preparation for his official foreign visits. The files consist of general background reports, issue papers, plans and detailed schedules for each country on the agenda. Some trip reports also include follow-up media reaction reports. The files also include a sizable subseries of memoranda of conversation and exchange of notes between Dr. Henry Kissinger and Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin from 1969 to 1973, covering a wide variety of topics.