A film about the United States President Richard Nixon's visit to Asia and Europe. Chinese civilian rides bicycle. Women clear snow from a road. The Tiananmen with a picture of Mao Zedong. President Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon tour the Forbidden City. They look at the remains of the ancient times. President Nixon visits the Great Wall of China. President Nixon and Premier Zhou Enlai visit Hangzhou. They walk across a bridge. Aircraft carrying President Nixon takes off for Shanghai. Artists perform on stage in Shanghai.
United States President Richard Nixon and First Lady Mrs Patricia Nixon on their tour to People's Republic of China. Party leaves Shangahi airport and drives on Shanghai roads. Banners and signboards written in Chinese and English language about worker unity and world peace. The motorcade of delegation drives on roads. Buildings and pedestrians on roads of Beijing. The motorcade drives past small houses and then arrives the Shanghai Exhibition Hall. Statue of Chairman Mao Zedong at entrance of the building.
United States President Richard Nixon and First Lady Mrs Patricia Nixon on their tour to the People's Republic of China. The U.S. and Chinese national flags at top of a conference hall in the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Premiere Zhou Enlai, Mr and Mrs Nixon and others raise toasts during a banquet dinner hosted by the Shanghai Municipal Revolutionary Committee. H.R. Haldeman observes a toast and laughs and smiles. Dignitaries seated in the conference hall. President Richard Nixon stands on the platform at the hall and speaks. A Chinese woman stands near him and takes notes of his speech. Waiters in the hall.
Sign over American Embassy in China. Colonel William Mayer, former military attache in that embassy relates events precipitating Second Sino-Japanese war. Scenes of the Marco Polo bridge near Peking, on night of July 7, 1937, as Japanese artillery bombards the area. Animated map shows movement of Japanese forces out of Manchuria to occupy Peiping and Tientsin. Victorious Japanese troops stand atop a building, raising their flags and shouting cries of victory. Japanese army officers sit around a table smiling and contended and others walk in a group. Chinese artillery crews are seen retaliating as they fire field pieces at Japanese positions in Shanghai. Shells explode in background, and Chinese infantry advance through damaged buildings and rubble. Animated map shows Shanghai and other cities, and film transitions to view of the bustling city of Shanghai on the Yangtze River. In the seaport, large ocean liners and freighters, as well as tug boats and Junks, are seen. What looks like a Japanese Tachikawa Ki.54 Type 1 transport plane takes off over a Chinese pagoda. Double-decker buses travel through the streets. Rickshaws are also seen. Map outlines the foreign residential areas of the French Concession and the International Settlement. American, British and Japanese flags are shown in the International Settlement. Detachments of troops from Japan, Britain, France, and United States Marines are seen. A U.S. Marine is posted as a sentry at the Shanghai Power Company. Coolies carry heavy bucket on a long pole. British, French and Japanese troops also performed sentry duties. Japanese troops and armored cars are seen. A scuffle breaks out in August, 1937, and Japanese soldiers start moving in trucks, take up firing positions, and begin firing guns from their armored cars. Map shows Chinese counterattack pushing the Japanese contingent toward the Khangpoo River. Next it shows Japanese warships and reinforcements in the Yangtze River and their advance toward Woosung and Shanghai. Views of Japanese warships bombarding the shore and large explosions from their striking shells. Beachhead is shown South of Shanghai, where two divisions of Japanese infantry are seen arriving in landing craft. They advance across the fields toward Shanghai. Map shows Chinese withdrawals to West and South, toward Nanking and Hangchow. Chinese medics along with infantry march in retreat. Japanese pilots are seen being briefed. Next, Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers are seen in flight, and bombardiers and other crew in them. Bombs falling on the city. Civilians running for cover as bombs explode. Aichi D3A1 aircraft dropping bombs. The Shanghai waterfront being bombed and civilians running.
The Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. A vessel in the Huangpu River. A sail boat and junks on the water. Several buildings in view on the shore. Several sail boats in the river. A paddle wheel steam boat on the water. Boats anchored to the shore. Views of the Shanghai Bund along the western bank of the Huangpu River. Several vessels in the river. The Camelback Truss Waibaidu Bridge (world's first all steel bridge) also known as the Garden Bridge, spanning Suzhou Creek at the Huangpu River. Several buildings at the Shanghai Bund in view including the Headquarters of the Shanghai Branch of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (now known as the HSBC Building or the Municipal Government Building) at number 12, The Bund, and the Customs House at number 13, The Bund, and the China Bank of Communications Building at number 14, The Bund. Also the China Merchant Bank Building and the North China Daily News Building (now the AIA building). Other Bund buildings also seen.
United States President Richard Nixon and First Lady, Mrs Patricia Nixon on their tour to the People's Republic of China. Statue of Chairman Mao Zedong at the entrance of the Shanghai Exhibition Hall. President Nixon enters the building with Premier Zhou Enlai and other delegates. Press reporters from U.S. and China try to interview him.