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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Playing the China Card: Nixon and Mao


Reference code(s): GB 0097 PLAYING THE CHINA CARD

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Playing the China Card: Nixon and Mao

Date(s): 1999

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 3 large boxes

Name of creator(s): Brook Lapping Productions Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

Playing the China Card was made in 1999 by Brook Lapping Productions Ltd in conjunction with Channel 4 and PBS.


Scope and content/abstract:

Material relating to the documentary film series Playing the China Card: Nixon and Mao, 1999, concerning the relationship between the USA and China since the end of World War Two, made by Brook Lapping Productions Ltd and broadcast on Channel 4 as two programmes in 1999, including interview transcripts with US, Chinese and Russian contributors, notably William Frank Buckley, General Alexander Meigs Haig, Henry Alfred Kissinger, James Addison Baker III, General Brent Scowcroft, Anatoly Fedorovich Dobrynin, Fang Lizhi and Ji Chaozhu; complete post-production scripts of the two programmes; a file of questions put to participants for filmed interviews; transcripts from sections of David Frost's interview with President Richard Nixon (1977), relating to US relations with China; books, articles, essays and pamphlets used as background material for the series; background documents, including transcripts of US government archive material, mainly relating to the Nixon administration, and pre-publication extracts from The Kissinger Transcripts (National Security Archives, 1999) by William Burr.


Language/scripts of material: English, Chinese, Russian

System of arrangement:

The collection is arranged in sections as outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright retained by donor.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Box list available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by Brooke Lapping Productions Ltd in 1999.


Existence and location of originals:

The originals of the archive material may be found at the US National Archives in Maryland, the Library of Congress, and the National Security Archives, both in Washington DC.

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science holds material relating to other programmes created by Brian Lapping Associates, namely The Second Russian Revolution (Ref: 2RR), The Washington Version (Ref: Washington), The Seventies, and Woolly Al walks the Kitty Back (Ref: Falklands), and by Brook Associates, namely The Last Europeans (Ref: Last Europeans) and The Thatcher Factor. The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, also holds material relating to documentaries made by Brian Lapping Associates, namely Woolly Al walks the kitty back, The Washington version, The fall of the wall, The Death of Yugoslavia, and The 50 Years' War: Israel and the Arabs.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2001

Diplomacy | Foreign relations | International relations
Television | Broadcasting
Political doctrines

Personal names
Baker | James Addison | b 1930 | US Secretary of State
Buckley | William Frank | b 1925 | editor, journalist and author
Dobrynin | Anatoly Fedorovich | b 1919 | Soviet diplomat and statesman
Fang Lizhi | b 1936 | Chinese astrophysicist and dissident x Lizhi | Fang
Haig | Alexander Meigs | b 1924 | US General and public official
Ji Chaozhu | b 1929 | Chinese diplomat x Chaozhu | Ji
Kissinger | Henry Alfred | b 1923 | US Secretary of State
Mao Zedong | 1893-1976 | Chinese statesman x Mao Tse-Tung x Zedong | Mao x Tse-Tung | Mao
Nixon | Richard Milhous | 1913-1994 | US President
Scowcroft | Brent | b 1925 | US General and public official

Corporate names
Brook Lapping Productions Ltd x Brian Lapping Associates Ltd x Brook Associates Ltd x Brook Productions Ltd

China | East Asia
USA | North America
USSR | Eastern Europe
Soviet Union x USSR