Nixon Leaves L.A. On Trip to China

LOS ANGELES--Former President Richard M. Nixon yesterday left on his third trip to China without his wife and the fanfare that accompanies him on previous trips. The Chinese government extended an invitation to Nixon 18 months ago, but the normalization of relations between the United States and China delayed the trip.

"I plan to see some of the Chinese leaders and to spend all of my time in Peking," Nixon said yesterday before leaving. "The purpose is solely to be brought up to date on Chinese-American relations," he added.

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