VICE PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH, WRITING FROM AIR FORCE TWO ON HIS RETURN FROM CHINA STATES HE:
“HAD A GREAT 6 DAY VISIT TO CHINA — MEETING ALL THE TOP LEADERS”
BUSH. GEORGE H.W. (1924-2018). Vice President of the United States (1981-1989) before serving as 41st U.S. President (1989-1993). Good content Autograph Letter Signed “George Bush” on blue and gold Aboard Air Force Two imprinted stationery with impressed Vice Presidential Seal. One page, large octavo, October 19, 1985. Minor rust staple hole in upper left, else extremely fine condition. With stamped Air Force Two envelope, postmarked Washington, October 23, 1985. To J. Knox McConnell, President, First National Bank of Keystone, West Virginia. Bush writes:
“Your letter reached me (great White House Communications set-up) in Guangchow, [Guangzhou] China. We had a great 6 day visit to China – meeting all the top leaders. Yes, John Burns is a fine fellow and I enjoyed an all-too-short encounter. Thanks for the note to James H. and the clips on 68 year-young Billy C – Sincerely, George Bush.”
This six day visit sent then Vice-President Bush to Hong Kong, arriving in Peking on October 13th, primarily to discuss trade and economic relations with China. It was largely a success and lead to the further opening of China to the West. A remarkable artifact of that moment in time, on which so much of our world today revolves around. Just a letter of understated importance, worthy of inclusion in the finest of collections.