NIXON ON ACQUIRING PANDA BEARS FOR THE SAN DIEGO ZOO SHORTLY AFTER HIS HISTORIC 1972 TRIP TO CHINA: "THE CHINESE MAY BE RELUCTANT TO PROVIDE US ANOTHER PAIR"
NIXON, Richard. Typed Letter Signed. Washington, May 1, 1973.
Typed letter signed ("RN") by President Nixon, to San Diego Union-Tribune publisher James S. Copley, written shortly after his historic 1972 trip to China had begun to thaw relations between the two superpowers, regarding Copley's "proposal for furthering our relations with the People's Republic of China": "I can certainly understand your interest in acquiring a pair of giant panda bears for the San Diego Zoo… however, the Chinese may be reluctant to provide us another pair." $3000.