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First Chinese Ship to Dock in United States in 30 Years

The first mainland Chinese ship to dock in an American port, the Liu Lin Nai, arrived in Seattle. The ship was welcomed by Seattle Port Commissioner Henry Kotkins, Washington's two Decmocratic U.S. senators, Warren Magnuson and Henry Jackson, Transportation Secretary Brock Adams and Washington Gov. Dixie Lee Ray, together with a number of chinese foreign ministry officials. This docking came a month after the S.S. Letitia Lykes sailed into Shanghai as the first American ship in 30 years to enter a Chinese port. The two dockings are part of a shipping agreement signed in Febrruary between Lyke's Brothers Steamship Co. and the China Ocean Shipping Co.

The Washington Post, April 19, 1979, Final Edition.

Type of Exchange: 
Lyke's Brothers Steampshi Co.; China Ocean Shipping Co.
Participants (Types): 
Government Officials Businessmen
Exchange Date: 
Wednesday, April 18, 1979
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