The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that former President Richard Nixon will arrive this weekend as a guest of the government.
The Chinese have regarded Nixon as a friend since he re-opened bilateral relations by visiting as president in 1972.Foreign Ministry spokesman Li Zhaoxing announced that Nixon would arrive on Saturday but did not give any details of the agenda. Nixon likely will see all the top Chinese leaders, including senior leader Deng Xiaoping.
Nixon's spokesman, John H. Taylor, said Monday in the United States that Nixon would report to President Bush on his return home. The White House said Bush looked forward to the report but stressed that Nixon was traveling as a private citizen.
Bush banned high-level contacts with China after the Chinese army attacked pro-democracy demonstrators in June.