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1973: PRC Notes on Mao-Kissinger Assembly of February 17, 1973

1973: PRC Notes on Mao-Kissinger Assembly of February 17, 1973

2023-06-09 18:31:56

The archives of declassified overseas relations paperwork from the US, China and different international locations can provide us some insights. I’ve loved studying a number of the paperwork in Wilson Middle Digital Archive and even translated a few of them. When one facet takes notes and passes them up the chain, what do they go away in and what do they pass over? This can be a judgement name — simply what is critical? After the assembly the notetaker’s word will probably be reviewed by the U.S. facet principals who may add one thing to or revise the notes.

Generally one can get a guesstimate of what might need been happening if you happen to evaluate memoranda of dialog from each side. Nevertheless, judgments about what’s essential and the way a lot particulars is required will differ. Generally there are two conferences on the identical day that is likely to be confused or maybe the principle dialog is likely to be preceded by an off-the-cuff getting-to-know you icebreaker dialog which may not be thought of vital sufficient to depart in. Politically incorrect jokes that is likely to be misunderstood is likely to be omitted.

For instance:

Miss Wong:  If the minutes of this speak had been made public, it might incur the general public wrath on behalf of half the inhabitants.

Chairman Mao: That’s half of the inhabitants of China.

Prime Minister Zhou: To begin with, it wouldn’t go the International Ministry.

Chairman Mao: We will name this a secret assembly. (Chinese language laughter) Ought to our assembly at this time be public, or saved secret?

Dr. Kissinger: It’s as much as you. I’m ready to make it public if you want.

Chairman Mao: What’s your concept? Is it higher to have it public or secret?

Dr. Kissinger: I believe it’s most likely higher to make it public.

Chairman Mao: Then the phrases we are saying about t ladies at this time shall be made nonexistent. (Laughter)

Dr. Kissinger: We are going to take away them from the report. (Laughter) We are going to begin finding out this proposal after I get again.

Maybe the U.S. facet didn’t hold their promise to take away a part of the dialog from the report.

Within the Wilson Middle Digital Archive resides February 17, 1973 Memorandum of Conversation between Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and Henry Kissinger. Trying on the giant Chinese language language web page of the Marxism Archive on marxists.org I discovered a memoranda of dialog (memcon) in Chinese language for a similar Mao-Zhou-Kissinger assembly: 毛泽东会见基辛格博士的谈话 (1973年2月17日) [Mao Zedong’s Talk with Dr. Kissinger (February 17, 1973)] There are different PRC memoranda of dialog of Mao with our world leaders on the Marxism Archive. For instance 毛泽东会见斯里兰卡总理班达拉奈克夫人谈话记录节选 (1972年6月28日)[Excerpts from the transcript of Mao Zedong’s conversation with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mrs. Bandaranaike (June 28, 1972)].

The Chinese language diplomatic historian Shen Zhihua discusses his Sherlock Holmes like detective work in Russian and Chinese language diplomatic archives in 2010: Diplomatic Historian Shen Zhihua on Archival Work

Mao-Zhou-Kissinger meeting of February 17, 1973 on Wilson Digital Archive

Sakura Ayane 佐仓绫奈 (most likely not the Japanese singer with the same name) is credited with inputting and proofreading the textual content of the Mao -Zhou-Kissinger PRC memcon that presumably reached the Marxism Archive from the PRC State Archives. Secretary Xi has stressed improving Marxism research and its guiding role in Chinese education so maybe some Chinese language Marxism students are enriching the Chinese language language pages of the web Marxism Archive.

I discovered some by looking out the Marxism Archive on the title of 佐仓绫奈 who added the Mao-Kissinger memcon to the Marxism Archive. Many extra declassified PRC diplomatic paperwork might be present in books printed by Shen Zhihua’s group at East China Regular College. You might you a Google Search directed on the Marxism Archive to seek out extra: site:www.marxists.org/chinese 佐仓绫奈 收集

The PRC State Archives had been extra accessible to students, even overseas students 20 years in the past; since entry has been extra restricted. Shen Zhihua and his group of Chinese language diplomatic historians have printed many paperwork from the PRC State Archives and the archives of another international locations together with the US and the Soviet Union and used them of their analyses of Chilly Struggle historical past and PRC relations with the Soviet Union, North Korea and the US. See for instance 2020: Shen Zhihua on State of Chinese Research on Relations with Neighboring Asian Countries and 2020: Zhang Baijia: Reflections on China’s Research on Frontiers and Relations with Neighboring States

Some paperwork from the PRC Archives have been translated and can be found on the Wilson Middle Digital Archive however so far as I can inform not the PRC facet account of the Mao-Zhou-Kissinger dialog of February 17, 1973. There’s a giant part within the US facet notes that aren’t within the Chinese language memcon that we’ve got; maybe the memcon textual content we’ve got was withheld for some motive comparable to Chairman Mao’s jokes.

The Chinese language side of the Marxism Archive accessible in lots of languages.

The U.S. facet and Chinese language facet paperwork don’t contradict one another; not shocking particularly since each side used PRC interpreters though the US facet notetaker Winston Lord was fluent in China. Every in locations provides some info, usually joking asides comparable to Chairman Mao’s joke about exporting extra ladies to the US that his interpreter broke in to protest. Omissions are only a few on the US memcon. I’ve however in italics the elements of the Chinese language memcon that don’t seem within the US facet memcon and inserted in brackets textual content from the Wilson Digital Archive in daring the elements lacking from the PRC facet memcon.

Translation of the Chinese language facet memorandum of dialog (matter that doesn’t seem within the US memcon in italics):

Mao Zedong’s Speak with Dr. Kissinger

February 17, 1973

[(US memcon): Chairman Mao (As he headed toward his chair): I don’t look bad, but God has sent me an invitation.

(To Mr. Lord) You are a young man.

Mr. Lord: I am getting older.

Chairman Mao: I am the oldest among those seated here.

Prime Minister Chou: I am the second oldest.

Chairman Mao: There was someone in the British Army who was opposed to the independence of your country. Field Marshal Montgomery was one of those to oppose your policy.]

Chairman Mao: Previously, Britain additionally had a lord. Opposing your Dulles was a nobleman, a army man named Bernard Montgomery, opposing your American Dulles’ insurance policies.

Kissinger: Sure.

Chairman: He’s not opposing you now, proper? At the moment, you opposed us, and we opposed you. We had been enemies.

Kissinger: We had been enemies up to now.

Chairman: Former enemies, now our relationship known as friendship [Mao said ‘friendship‘ in English].

Kissinger: That’s how we really feel. I advised the Premier that we’ve got by no means had such frank and sincere conversations with another nation as we do with you.

Chairman: Let’s not inform lies or play methods on each other. We don’t steal your paperwork. You possibly can intentionally left them out to check us. We don’t interact in wiretapping and people methods. We don’t do huge methods or little methods. I talked to one among your journalists, Edgar Snow. I advised him that your Central Intelligence Company is just not succesful, it may possibly’t do the job.

Kissinger: That’s proper. That’s our state of affairs.

Chairman: For those who challenge an order saying the President wants sure info, intelligence flies in like snowflakes. We aren’t Music Xiang. We even have an intelligence company, but it surely’s not efficient. For instance, with the case of Lin Biao, it didn’t warn us. For instance, whenever you had been coming, it couldn’t inform us upfront. [ (Prime Minister Chou laughs).] I learn two articles. One in every of them mentioned that in 1969, the director of the China Desk out of your State Division went to Japan. A Japanese newspaper printed an article about that.

Kissinger: I haven’t learn it.

Premier Zhou We didn’t point out this text to you earlier than.

Chairman: You might be superb at your work. You fly in every single place! Are you a swallow or a pigeon? The Vietnam challenge might be thought of mainly resolved.

Kissinger: That’s how we really feel. We now want a transitional interval in direction of peace.

Chairman: Sure.

Kissinger: The elemental points have been resolved.

Chairman: We additionally want that. Your President is sitting right here (pointing to Kissinger’s seat), and since we’d like each other, it’s like this (becoming a member of each his fingers collectively) hand-in-hand.

Kissinger: Each side face the identical risks, and generally we’ve got to make use of completely different strategies, however the objective is similar.

Chairman: That’s not good. So long as the objective is similar, we received’t hurt you, and also you received’t hurt us. Collectively, we’ll take care of that son of a bitch! That’s the fact. Generally we’ve got to criticize you, and you need to criticize us. Your President calls this “the ability of concepts” and “affect.” He means, “Go to hell, Communist Get together! Go to hell, communism!” And we are saying, “Go to hell, imperialism!” Generally we’ve got to talk up; we’ve got no alternative.

Kissinger: I consider each side needs to be loyal to their elementary rules. In actuality, if each side converse the identical tune, it’s going to solely confuse the state of affairs. As I advised the Prime Minister, in Europe, you may converse extra firmly based mostly by yourself rules than we are able to.

Chairman: We hope you’ll cooperate with Europe and Japan. Some quarreling is appropriate, however essentially, it’s essential cooperate.

Kissinger: Mr. Chairman, from our facet, though we generally need to criticize, we nonetheless have to coordinate our actions with you. We are going to by no means take part in any actions that try and isolate you. As for Japan and Europe, we conform to cooperate with them on all substantial points, however presently, Europe’s management is weak.

Chairman: They lack unity.

Kissinger: They aren’t united, they usually don’t have foresight such as you do. Once they face hazard, they at all times need to make it disappear effortlessly.

Premier Zhou (to the Chairman): On serving to Pompidou, he (indicating Kissinger) agrees.

Kissinger: We are attempting our greatest to take action. After returning, we’ll attempt to do extra.

Chairman: Now Pompidou is being threatened. It’s the Socialist Get together and the Communist Get together becoming a member of forces in opposition to him.

Kissinger: The 2 events are united.

Chairman: Each events are united. The Soviet Union needs the Communist Get together to take the stage. I don’t like that Communist Get together, identical to I don’t like your Communist Get together. (Kissinger laughs.)
You within the West have at all times had a coverage. The start of each World Wars was pushing Germany in opposition to Russia.

Kissinger: However pushing Russia to assault China is just not our coverage. As a result of if a struggle breaks out in China, the hazard to us is as nice as a struggle breaking out in Europe.

Chairman: That’s precisely what I wished to say. Are you now pushing West Germany to make peace with Russia after which pushing Russia to maneuver eastward? I believe that your complete West has such a line. Eastward, primarily in direction of us, and likewise in direction of Japan, and partly in direction of you, within the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Kissinger: We don’t agree with Germany’s coverage. We’d relatively have the opposition occasion in Germany come to energy. The opposition occasion in Germany doesn’t pursue this coverage.

[[Long stretch of text from US side memcon]

Chairman Mao: Sure, that’s our feeling. We’re additionally in favor of the opposition occasion in Germany.

Dr. Kissinger: They carried out themselves very stupidly.

Chairman Mao: Sure, they had been defeated. The entire of Europe is considering solely of peace.

Prime Minister Chou: The illusions of peace created by their leaders.

Dr. Kissinger: Sure, however we’ll do our greatest to strengthen European defenses and hold our armies in Europe.

Chairman Mao: That may be superb.

Dr. Kissinger: We’ve got no plan for any giant discount of our forces in Europe for the following 4 years (Chairman Mao turns to Prime Minister Chou).

Prime Minister Chou: In speaking about lowering your troops, you imply solely on the most 10 to fifteen p.c.

Dr. Kissinger: That’s precisely right.

Chairman Mao: What’s the variety of American troops in Europe? They’re most likely principally rocket models.

Prime Minister Chou: There are between 300-350,000 together with the Mediterranean.

Chairman Mao: That most likely doesn’t embody the Navy.

Dr. Kissinger: It doesn’t embody the Navy. There are about 275,000 in Central Europe. That doesn’t embody the Sixth Fleet within the Mediterranean.

Chairman Mao: And your troop deployment to Asia and the Pacific Ocean is just too scattered. You have got them in Korea. I heard the quantity is about 300,000.

Dr. Kissinger: About 40,000.

Chairman Mao: And from 8 to 9, 000 with Chiang Kai-shek.

Prime Minister Chou: In Taiwan.

Chairman Mao: Then it’s mentioned that there are two teams in Japan, 40,000 in Okinawa and 20 to 30,000 in Japan correct. I don’t know what number of there are within the Philippines. Now you may have remaining in Vietnam a bit over 10,000.

Dr. Kissinger: However they are going to all be withdrawn.

Chairman Mao: Sure, and I heard that you’ve 40,000 in Thailand.

Dr. Kissinger: That’s right. However all of the models the Chairman talked about are principally air power models and subsequently they most likely can’t be measured by the variety of personnel.

Chairman Mao: You even have floor forces, as an example, in South Korea.

Dr. Kissinger: In South Korea we’ve got floor forces.

Chairman Mao: That was all begun by Truman and Acheson. So this time you held a memorial service for Truman and we didn’t go. (Laughter)

Dr. Kissinger: When you may have a liaison workplace in Washington it will likely be extra doable sooner or later.

Prime Minister Chou: You’ve held all these memorial companies, each for Truman and Johnson (Chairman Mao and Prime Minister Chou snort).

It appears to me that your voice is hoarse at this time. It’s best to have a day’s relaxation tomorrow. Why do you need to proceed to speak a lot?

Dr. Kissinger: As a result of it is extremely essential that you just and we perceive what we’re going to do and to coordinate our actions, and subsequently we at all times inform the Prime Minister what our plans are in numerous areas of the world to be able to perceive the person strikes when they’re made.

Chairman Mao: Sure. Whenever you go via Japan, it’s best to maybe speak a bit extra with them. You solely talked with them for sooner or later and that isn’t superb for his or her face.

Dr. Kissinger: Mr. Chairman, we wished this journey’s emphasis to be on the talks in Peking, and I’ll take a separate journey to Tokyo.

Chairman Mao: Good. And in addition clarify to them.

You recognize the Japanese emotions in direction of the Soviet Union should not so superb.

Dr. Kissinger: They’re very ambivalent.

Chairman Mao: (Gesturing along with his hand) In a phrase, in the course of the Second World Struggle, Prime Minister Tanaka advised our Premier, what the Soviet Union did was that upon seeing a per son about to hold himself, they instantly took the chair from below his ft.

Dr. Kissinger: Sure.

Chairman Mao: It may very well be mentioned that they didn’t fireplace a single shot and but they had been in a position to seize so many locations (Prime Minister Chou chuckles). They grabbed the Folks’s Republic of Mongolia. They grabbed half of Sinkiang. It was referred to as a sphere of affect. And Manchuko, on the northeast, was additionally referred to as their sphere of affect.

Dr. Kissinger: And so they took all of the business out of it.

Chairman Mao: Sure. And so they grabbed additionally the islands of Sakhalin and the Kuriles Island. (Chairman Mao and Prime Minister Chou focus on amongst themselves.) Sakhalin is the southern a part of the Kuriles Island. I’ll look it up within the dictionary to see what its Chinese language translation is.

Dr. Kissinger: The Japanese are tempted by the financial prospects in Russia.

Chairman Mao: (Nodding sure) They need to seize one thing there.

Dr. Kissinger: However we’ll encourage nearer ties between Japan and ourselves, and likewise we welcome their relationship with the Folks’s Republic.

Chairman Mao: We additionally consider that relatively than Japan having nearer relations with the Soviet Union, we might relatively that they might higher their relations with you. That may be higher.

Dr. Kissinger: It will be very harmful if Japan and the Soviet Union shaped nearer political relations.

Chairman Mao: That doesn’t appear possible.

Prime Minister Chou: The prospects should not too good.

Chairman Mao: We will additionally do some work there.

Dr. Kissinger: The Soviet Union has made overtures however the Japanese haven’t responded. They’ve invited Ohira to go to Moscow.

Prime Minister Chou: Sure, this yr, the second half.

Dr. Kissinger: This yr.

Prime Minister Chou: And it appears on this query that Ohira has a clearer concept of the Soviet Union than others. However there are some not so clear of their understanding as their International Minister.

Dr. Kissinger: That’s right.

Prime Minister Chou: That can be the forms as you time period it.

Dr. Kissinger: We’re ready to alternate info with you on these issues.

Prime Minister Chou: (To Chairman Mao) We’ve got determined moreover establishing a liaison workplace in every capital to keep up the contact between Huang Hua and the White Home.

Chairman Mao: (To Prime Minister Chou) The place is the stress?

Prime Minister Chou: The liaison workplace will deal with most people exchanges. For confidential and pressing issues not lined by the liaison workplace we’ll use the channel of Ambassador Huang Hua.

Chairman Mao: Huang Hua has met an in poor health destiny (Prime Minister Chou laughs). He was doing very nicely in your home and instantly upon his return to Shanghai, he twisted his again.

Dr. Kissinger: We are going to discover a physician for him when he returns.

Chairman Mao: Sure. (Prime Minister Chou laughs). He appeared extra protected in your home. Instantly upon his return to Shanghai he collapsed.

From the ambiance with which your President obtained our acrobatic troupe, I assumed that the Vietnamese challenge was going to be settled.

There have been some rumors that mentioned that you just had been about to break down (laughter). And the ladies folks seated right here had been all dissatisfied with that (laughter, particularly pronounced among the many ladies). They mentioned if the Physician goes to break down, we might be out of labor.

Dr. Kissinger: Not solely in China.

Chairman Mao: Sure, and the entire line would collapse like dominos.

Dr. Kissinger: These had been simply journalists’ hypothesis.

Chairman Mao: Solely hypothesis?

Dr. Kissinger: Solely hypothesis.

Chairman Mao: No floor in any way?

Dr. Kissinger: No floor in any way. Actually the other was true. We’ve got now been in a position to place our males into all key positions.

Chairman Mao: (Nodding sure) Your President is now saying that you’re propsoing one thing as if you happen to had been shifting the Nice Wall from China to the US, that’s, commerce boundaries.

Dr. Kissinger: What we need to do is decrease boundaries.

Chairman Mao: To decrease them? Then you definately had been doing that simply to frighten folks. You might be saying that you’re going to elevate tariffs and non-tariff boundaries and possibly you do this to intimidate Europe and Japan.

Dr. Kissinger: Partly. We’re proposing a commerce invoice which supplies each the ability to lift and decrease boundaries, as a way to get it handed via Congress. We should create the impression that we’d improve boundaries. We wish govt authority to do it with out Congressional approval, but when we ask Congress to scale back boundaries they might refuse. (Prime Minister Chou laughs.) And because of this we’re asking for govt authority to maneuver in both route.

Chairman Mao: What in the event that they don’t give it to you?

Dr. Kissinger: We predict they are going to give it to us. It is going to be a tough battle, however we’re fairly sure we’ll win. We’re proposing it additionally in such normal language that we are able to take away discrimination that also exists in direction of the Folks’s Republic.

Chairman Mao: The commerce between our two international locations at current could be very pitiful. It’s regularly rising. You recognize China is a really poor nation. We don‘t have a lot. What we’ve got in extra is ladies. (Laughter)

Dr. Kissinger: There are not any quotas for these or tariffs.

Chairman Mao: So if you’d like them we can provide a couple of of these to you, some tens of 1000’s. (Laughter)

Prime Minister Chou: In fact, on a voluntary foundation.

Chairman Mao: Allow them to go to your home. They are going to create disasters. That approach you may reduce our burdens. (Laughter)

Dr. Kissinger: Our curiosity in commerce with China is just not industrial. It’s to determine a relationship that’s vital for the political relations we each have.

Chairman Mao: Sure.

Dr. Kissinger: That’s the spirit with which we’re conducting our discussions.

Chairman Mao: I as soon as had a dialogue with a overseas buddy. (The interpreters maintain a dialogue with Chairman Mao.) I mentioned that we must always draw a horizontal line – the U.S. – Japan – Pakistan – Iran (Chairman Mao coughs badly.) – Turkey and Europe.

Dr. Kissinger: We’ve got a really comparable conception. You’ll have learn in a newspaper that Mr. Helms has been moved to Iran, and there was an excessive amount of hypothesis how this affected my place. Actually we despatched Helms to Iran to care for Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and the Persian Gulf, due to his expertise in his earlier place and we wanted a dependable man in that spot who understands the extra advanced issues which can be wanted to be completed. (Chairman Mao lights his cigar once more.) We are going to give him authority to take care of all of those international locations, though this is not going to be publicly introduced.

Chairman Mao: As for such issues we don’t perceive very a lot your affairs in the US. There are a variety of issues we don’t know very nicely. For instance, your home affairs, we don’t perceive them. There are additionally many issues about overseas coverage that we don’t perceive both. Maybe in your future 4 years we’d be capable to be taught a bit.]

(Resume Chinese language facet memcon)

Chairman: I as soon as advised a overseas buddy that I need to draw a line, a latitude line: the US, Japan, China, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Europe.

Kissinger: Our concepts are very comparable. You’ll have seen from the newspapers that I despatched Richard Helms to Iran, which prompted a variety of hypothesis about how my place was affected. Actually, we despatched Helms to Iran as a result of we wish a succesful individual to deal with the area of Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and the Persian Gulf. Given Helms’ previous expertise, he is an acceptable individual. We’d like a dependable one that understands what advanced points have to be handled on this area. So, I gave him the authority to take care of all of the international locations on this area, however this matter is not going to be made public.

Chairman: Previously, we didn’t perceive these items nicely, nor did we perceive the affairs of the US. We didn’t perceive your inner affairs and plenty of elements of your diplomacy. Possibly in these 4 years, we are able to be taught some. Do you continue to have 4 years?

Kissinger: I’ve advised the Premier that your approach of motion is extra simple and brave than ours. Generally we’ve got to undertake advanced strategies as a result of home state of affairs.

Chairman: What’s the English time period for 行动方式 “approach of motion”?

Interpreter: Mode of motion.

Kissinger: No matter public opinion, we will probably be decisive in our primary targets. If the intention to dominate turns into energetic, then the actual hazard will develop. Wherever there’s such an intention, we’ll absolutely counterbalance it. The President as soon as advised the Chairman that we do that for our personal pursuits, to not present goodwill to others.

Chairman: What you mentioned is sincere.

Kissinger: That’s our place.

Chairman: The Chinese language individuals are fairly xenophobic [排外得很]. You possibly can accommodate many ethnic teams. We don’t have many foreigners in China. You have got many various ethnic teams. You have got 600,000 Chinese language in the US, however we most likely don’t even have 60 Individuals. I don’t know why.

[Miss Tang: Mr. Lord’s wife is Chinese.

Chairman Mao: Oh?

Mr. Lord: Yes.]

You might research the problem. We’ve got by no means appreciated foreigners, together with the Japanese, only a few, not even one Indian.

Kissinger: That’s as a result of traditionally you may have had unlucky dealings with foreigners.

Chairman: There’s one thing to that. Most likely up to now 100 years, it was primarily the Eight-Nation Alliance, and later the Japanese occupied China for 13 years, occupying a big a part of the territory. Not solely did they occupy Chinese language territory up to now, however additionally they demanded compensation for occupying Beijing.

Kissinger: And there was extraterritoriality.

Chairman: Extraterritoriality, certainly! Now we don’t need Japan to pay us compensate. It’s not possible to calculate, nobody can determine it out. They might by no means afford to pay it.

Premier Zhou: If we demand compensation, it might improve the burden on the [Japanese] folks.

[Chinese memcon ends; still more in the US side memcon]

And solely on this approach can we transfer from hostility to rest in relations between peoples. And it will likely be harder to settle relations of hostility between the Japanese and Chinese language peoples than between us and also you.

Dr. Kissinger: Sure. There isn’t a feeling of hostility of American folks in any respect towards the Chinese language folks. Quite the opposite. Between us proper now there’s solely primarily a juridical drawback. (Chairman Mao nods settlement.) Which we’ll clear up within the subsequent years. However there’s a robust group of curiosity which is working instantly.

Chairman Mao: Is that so?

Dr. Kissinger: Between China and the U.S.

Chairman Mao: What do you imply by group of curiosity? On Taiwan?

Dr. Kissinger: In relation to different international locations which will have intentions.

Prime Minister Chou: You imply the Soviet Union?

Dr. Kissinger: I imply the Soviet Union.

Prime Minister Chou: Miss Shen understood you.

Chairman Mao: (Trying towards Miss Shen.) The Chinese language have an excellent command of English. (To Prime Minister Chou.) Who’s she?

Prime Minister Zhou: Miss Shen Jo-yun.

Chairman Mao: Ladies. (Prime Minister Chou laughs.) At the moment I’ve been uttering some nonsense for which I should beg the pardon of the ladies of China.

Dr. Kissinger: It sounded very engaging to the Individuals current. (Chairman Mao and the ladies snort.)

Chairman Mao: If we’re going to set up a liaison workplace in your nation would you like Miss Shen or Miss Tang?

Dr. Kissinger: We are going to take care of that via the channel of Huang Hua. (Laughter)

Chairman Mao: Our interpreters are really too few.

Dr. Kissinger: However they’ve completed a exceptional job, the interpreters we’ve got met.

Chairman Mao: The interpreters you may have met and our current interpreters who’re doing many of the work are actually of their twenties and thirties. In the event that they develop too previous they don’t do interpretation so nicely.

Prime Minister Chou: We must always ship some overseas.

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Chairman Mao: We are going to ship kids at such a top (indicating along with his fingers), not too previous.

Dr. Kissinger: We will probably be ready to determine alternate packages the place you may ship college students to America.

Chairman Mao: And if amongst 100 individuals there are ten who’re profitable studying the language nicely, then that might be a exceptional success. And if amongst them a couple of dozens don’t need to come again, for instance, some women who need to keep in the US, regardless of. As a result of you don’t exclude foreigners like Chinese language. Previously the Chinese language went overseas they usually didn’t need to be taught the native language. (Trying towards Miss Tang) Her grandparents refused to be taught English. They’re so obstinate. You recognize Chinese language are very obstinate and conservative. Lots of the older technology abroad Chinese language don’t converse the native language. However they’re getting higher, the youthful technology.

Dr. Kissinger: In America, all, or the overwhelming majority, converse English.

Prime Minister Chou: That’s the youthful folks. The primary technology ones don’t be taught the native language. There was an previous abroad Chinese language who got here again to China after dwelling overseas. She was previous and died in Peking within the Nineteen Fifties when she was in her nineties. She was a member of our Folks’s Authorities. She didn’t converse a phrase of English. She was Cantonese, extraordinarily conservative.

Dr. Kissinger: Chinese language tradition is so explicit that it’s tough to assimilate different cultures.

Chairman Mao: Chinese language language is just not dangerous, however the Chinese language characters should not good,

Prime Minister Chou: They’re very tough to be taught.

Chairman Mao: And there are numerous contradictions between the oral and written language as a result of the oral language is monosyllabic whereas the written language develops from symbols. We don’t use the alphabet.

Dr. Kissinger: There are some makes an attempt to make use of an alphabet I’m advised.

Prime Minister Chou: First we should standardize the oral language.

Chairman Mao: (Gestures along with his hand and factors to his books.) But when the Soviet Union would throw its bombs and kill all these over 30 who’re Chinese language, that might clear up the issue for us. As a result of the previous folks like me can’t be taught Chinese language. We learn Chinese language. The vast majority of my books are Chinese language. There are only a few dictionaries over there. All the opposite books are in Chinese language.

Dr. Kissinger: Is the Chairman studying English now?

Chairman Mao: I’ve heard that I’m finding out it. These are rumors on the skin. l don’t heed them. They’re false. I do know a couple of English letters. I don’t know  the grammar.

Miss Tang: The Chairman invented an English phrase.

Chairman Mao: Sure, l invented the English time period “paper tiger.”

Dr. Kissinger: “Paper tiger.” Sure, that was all about us. (Laughter)

Chairman Mao: However you’re a German from Germany. However your Germany now has met with an in poor health destiny, as a result of in two wars it has been defeated.

Dr. Kissinger: It tried an excessive amount of, past its talents and assets.

Chairman Mao: Sure, and it additionally scattered its forces in struggle. For instance, in its assault in opposition to the Soviet Union. If it will assault, it ought to assault in a single place, however they separated their troops into three routes. It started in June however then by the winter they couldn’t stand it as a result of it was too chilly. What’s the motive for the Europeans worry of the chilly?

Dr. Kissinger: The Germans weren’t ready for a protracted struggle. Really they didn’t mobilize their entire forces till 1943. l agree with the Chairman that if they’d targeting one entrance they might nearly actually have received. They had been solely ten kilometers from Moscow even by dispersing their forces. (Chairman Mao relights his cigar.)

Chairman Mao: They shouldn’t have attacked Moscow or Kiev. They need to have taken Leningrad as a primary step. One other error in coverage was they didn’t cross the ocean after Dunkirk.

Dr. Kissinger: After Dunkirk.

Chairman Mao: They had been totally unprepared.

Dr. Kissinger: And Hitler was a romantic. He had an odd liking for England.

Chairman Mao: Oh? Then why didn’t they go there? As a result of the British at the moment had been fully with out troops.

Dr. Kissinger: In the event that they had been in a position to cross the channel into Britain… I believe they’d just one division in all of England.

Prime Minister Chou: Is that so?

Dr. Kissinger: Sure.

Prime Minister Chou: Additionally Sir Anthony Eden advised us in Germany at the moment {that a} Minister within the Military of Churchill’s Authorities mentioned at the moment if Hilter had crossed the channel they might have had no forces. That they had withdrawn all their forces again. Once they had been getting ready for the German crossing, Churchill had no arms. He may solely set up police to defend the coast. In the event that they crossed they might not be capable to defend.

Dr. Kissinger: It additionally exhibits what a brave man can do as a result of Churchill created by his character far more power than they possessed.

Chairman Mao: Really by that point they couldn’t maintain.

Prime Minister Chou: So Hilter carried some romantic emotions about Britain?

Dr. Kissinger: I believe he was a maniac, however he did have some emotions about Britain.

Chairman Mao: I consider Hitler was from the Rhine space?

Dr. Kissinger: Austria.

Prime Minister Chou: He was a soldier within the First World Struggle.

Dr. Kissinger: He was within the Germany Military, however he was a local of Austria.

Prime Minister Chou: From the Danube.

Dr. Kissinger: He carried out technique artistically relatively than strategically. He did it by instinct. He had no total plan.

Chairman Mao:  Then why did the German troops heed him a lot?

Dr. Kissinger: Most likely as a result of the Germans are considerably romantic folks and since he should have had a really robust character.

Chairman Mao: Primarily as a result of in the course of the First World Struggle the German nation was humiliated.

Dr. Kissinger: Sure, that was an important issue.

Chairman Mao: If there are Russians going to assault China, I can let you know at this time that our approach of conducting a struggle will probably be guerrilla struggle and protracted struggle. We are going to allow them to go wherever they need. (Prime Minister Chou laughs.) They need to come to the Yellow River tributaries. That may be good, superb. (Laughter.) And in the event that they go additional to the Yangtse River tributaries, that might not be dangerous both.

Dr. Kissinger: But when they use bombs and don’t ship armies? (Laughter)

Chairman Mao: What ought to we do? Maybe you may set up a committee to check the issue. We’ll allow them to beat us up and they’re going to lose any assets. They are saying they’re socialists. We’re additionally socialists and that will probably be socialists attacking socialists.

Dr. Kissinger: In the event that they assault China, we would definitely oppose them for our personal causes.

Chairman Mao: However your individuals are not woke up, and Europe and you’ll assume that it might be a high-quality factor if it had been that the in poor health water would movement towards China.

Dr. Kissinger: What Europe thinks I’m not in a position to decide. They can not do something anyway. They’re mainly irrelevant. (Within the midst of this Chairman Mao toasts Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Lord with tea.) What we expect is that if the Soviet Union overruns China, this might dislocate the safety of all different international locations and can result in our personal isolation.

Chairman Mao: (Laughing) How will that occur?  How would that be? As a result of since in being slowed down in Vietnam you met so many difficulties, do you assume they might really feel good in the event that they had been slowed down in China?

Dr. Kissinger: The Soviet Union?

Miss Tang: The Soviet Union.

Chairman Mao: After which you may allow them to get slowed down in China, for half a yr, or one, or two, or three, or 4 years. After which you may poke your finger on the Soviet again. And your slogan then will probably be for peace, that’s you have to convey down Socialist imperialism for the sake of peace. And maybe you may start to assist them in doing enterprise, saying no matter you want we’ll assist in opposition to China.

Dr. Kissinger: Mr. Chairman, it’s actually essential that we perceive one another’s motives. We are going to by no means knowingly cooperate in an assault on China.

Chairman Mao: (Interrupting) No, that’s not so. Your goal in doing that might be to convey the Soviet Union down.

Dr. Kissinger: That’s a really harmful factor. (Laughter)

Chairman Mao: (Utilizing each fingers for gestures) The objective of the Soviet Union is to occupy each Europe and Asia, the 2 continents.

Dr. Kissinger: We need to discourage a Soviet assault, not defeat it.

We need to forestall it. (Prime Minister Chou seems at his watch. )

Chairman Mao: As for issues, issues, on the planet, it’s exhausting to say. We’d relatively take into consideration issues this fashion. We predict this fashion the world can be higher.

Dr. Kissinger: Which approach?

Chairman Mao:  That’s that they might assault China and be defeated. We should consider the worst eventuality.

Dr. Kissinger: That’s your necessity. (Prime Minister Chou laughs.)

Chairman Mao: We’ve got so many ladies in our nation that don’t know easy methods to battle.

Miss Tang: Not essentially. There are ladies’s detachments.

Chairman Mao: They’re solely on stage. In actuality if there’s a battle you’ll flee in a short time and run into underground shelters.

Miss Wong:  If the minutes of this speak had been made public, it might incur the general public wrath on behalf of half the inhabitants.

Chairman Mao: That’s half of the inhabitants of China.

Prime Minister Chou: To begin with, it wouldn’t go the International Ministry.

Chairman Mao: We will name this a secret assembly. (Chinese language laughter) Ought to our assembly at this time be public, or saved secret?

Dr. Kissinger: It’s as much as you. I’m ready to make it public if you want.

Chairman Mao: What’s your concept? Is it higher to have it public or secret?

Dr. Kissinger: I believe it’s most likely higher to make it public.

Chairman Mao: Then the phrases we are saying about t ladies at this time shall be made nonexistent. (Laughter)

Dr. Kissinger: We are going to take away them from the report. (Laughter) We are going to begin finding out this proposal after I get again.

Chairman Mao: You recognize, the Chnese have a scheme to hurt the US, that’s, to ship ten million ladies to the US and impair its pursuits by rising its inhabitants.

Dr. Kissinger: The Chairman has mounted the concept a lot in my thoughts that I’ll actually use it at my subsequent press convention. (Laughter)

Chairman Mao: That may be all proper with me. I’m not afraid of something. Anyway, God has despatched me an invite.

Dr. Kissinger: I actually discover the Chairman in higher well being this yr than final yr.

Chairman Mao: Sure, I’m higher than final yr.

[The photographers entered the room.]

They’re attacking us. (The Chairman then will get up with out help to say goodbye to the Individuals.)

Please give my heat regards to President Nixon. Additionally to Mrs. Nixon. I used to be not in a position to meet her and Secretary Rogers. I have to apologize.

Dr. Kissinger: I’ll actually do this.

Prime Minister Chou: We are going to ship you a press launch in a single hour.

(Chairman Mao escorts Dr. Kissinger into the outer room the place he says goodbye to Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Lord. Prime Minister Chou then escorts Dr. Kissinger to his ready automotive. )]


PRC facet memcon, possible an excerpt since appreciable materials within the US memcon is omitted.

毛泽东会见基辛格博士的谈话

(1973年2月17日)

  主席:从前英国也有一个lord(勋爵)。反对你们杜勒斯的,是一个老爷,陆军,叫蒙哥马利,反对你们美国杜勒斯的政策。
  :对。
  主席:他现在不反对你们了吧。那个时候,你们也反对我们,我们也反对你们,咱们两家是仇人啊。
  :是以前的仇人。
  主席:以前的仇人,现在我们的关系说是叫做什么friendship(友谊)。
  :我们方面的感情是这样。我告诉过总理,我们同别的国家从未像同你们这样开诚布公和诚实地谈话。
  主席:不要讲假话,不要搞鬼。你的文件我们是不偷的。你故意放到那里试试看嘛。我们也不搞窃听器那一套,搞那些小动作没有,有些大动作也没有。我跟你们的一个记者Edgar Snow(埃德迦·斯诺)谈过,我说你们的中央情报局大事也不行,不管用。
  :说得很对。我们的情况就是如此。
  主席:有你下了命令,说总统要什么问题的材料,就有情报像雪片一样飞来。我们也不是宋翔,我们也有一个情报局,就是不灵。比如林彪的事,它就不知道。比如你要来,它也不敌。我看了两篇文章。其中一篇说,1969年你们国务院一个中国科科长到日本去了。这篇文章在日本报纸上发表了。
  :我好像没有读到过。
  总理:我们过去没跟你提过这篇文章。
  主席:你的事情干得好,到处飞。你是燕子,还是鸽子?越南问题可以算是基本解决了。
  :我们感觉是这样,我们现在需要一个走向平静的过渡时期。
  主席:对。
  :基本问题已经解决了。
  主席:我们也需要嘛。你们的总统坐在这里讲的(手指基的座位),我们两家出于需要,所以就这样,(把两只手握在一起)hand-in-hand(手携手)。
  :我们双方都面临同样的危险,我们可能有时不得不运用不同的方法,但目标相同。
  主席:这不好。只要目标相同,我们也不损害你们,你们也不损害我们,共同对付一个王八蛋!实际上是这样。有时候我们也要批你们一回,你们也要批我们一回。你们总统说是叫“思想力量”的“影响”。就是说,“共产党去你的吧!共产主义去你的吧!”我们就说,“帝国主义去你的吧!”有时我们也要讲点呢,不讲不行呢。
  :我认为我们双方应该忠于各自的基本原则,实际上如果双方讲同样一个调子,只会使局势混乱。我对总理说过,在欧洲,你们出于自己的原则,可以讲得比我们更坚定。
  主席:我们希望你们跟欧洲、跟日本合作。有些事情吵吵闹闹可以,但是根本上要合作啊。
  :主席先生,从我们这方面说,你们和我们之间虽然有时要进行批评,但我们仍要同你们协调行动。我们在任何时候都不会参与企图孤立你们的行动。至于日本和欧洲,我们同意在一切实质问题上要同他们合作,但目前欧洲的领导很弱。
  主席:他们不团结。
  :不团结,而且不像你们那样有远见。当他们面临危险的时候,他们总想不费力气就使危险消失。
  总理(对主席):帮助蓬皮杜,他(指基)同意。
  :我们正在尽量这样做,回去后我们要争取做得更多。
  主席:现在蓬皮杜受到威胁,就是那个社会党和共产党联合起来顶他。
  :两家联合。
  主席:两家联合,苏联想要共产党登台。那个共产党我不喜欢,就像你们的共产党我也不喜欢一样。我喜欢你们,不喜欢你们的共产党。(基笑)
  你们西方历来有条政策,两次世界大战开始都是推动德国失俄国。
  :但是,推动俄国打中国不是我们的政策。因为如果在中国爆发战争,对我们来说,其危险性和在欧洲爆发战争一样。
  主席:我正是要讲这句话:是不是你们现在是推动西德跟俄国讲和,然后又推俄国向东进。我怀疑整个西方有这么一条路线。向东,主要向我们,而且向日本,也有一部分向你们,在太平洋和印度洋。
  :我们并不赞成德国的政策。我们宁愿德国的反对党上台,德国的反对党不奉行这个政策。
  主席:我跟一个外国朋友说过,我说要搞一条横线,就是纬度,美国、日本、中国、巴基斯坦、伊朗、土耳其、欧洲。
  :我们的观念十分相似。你们可能已从报纸上看到,我派赫尔姆斯到伊朗去,引起了许多猜测,说什么我的地位如何受到了影响。实际上我们派赫尔姆斯去伊朗,是因为我们想要一个有才干的人管土耳其、伊朗、巴基斯坦、波斯湾这个地区。而鉴于赫尔姆斯过去的经历,他是一个合适的人。我们需要有一个可靠的、能理解需要处理些什么复杂问题的人在这个地区工作。所以,我给他权力同所有这个地区的国家打交道,但这件事不会公布。
  主席:这些我们过去不大懂,对你们美国的事都不大懂,内政什么东西不懂,外交也有很多不懂。大概你们这4年,我们可以学懂一些。你们还有4年嘛。
  :我曾告诉过总理,你们的行动方式要比我们直裁了当和英勇一些。我们有时要采用复杂的方法,这是由于国内的形势所造成的。
  主席:英文什么叫做行动方式啊?
  译员:mode of motion(行动方式)。
  :不管公众舆论如何,我们对基本目标会有决断的。如果称霸的意图活跃起来,那么真正的危险会发展。不管哪里有这种意图,我们肯定都将予以抗衡。总统曾对主席说过,我们这样做是为了我们本身的利益,而不是为了对别的任何人表示善意。
  主席:你说的这个是老实话。
  :这是我们的立场。
  主席:中国人排外得很。你们可以容纳很多民族。我们中国没有几个外国人。你们不同的民族有多少,你们美国有60万中国人,而我们恐怕连60个美国人都没有,我也不知道是什么道理,你们研究一下吧。从来就不喜欢外国人,包括日本人也很少,印度人一个都没有。
  :这是因为历史上你们同外国人打交道不幸运。
  主席:有这么点理由。恐怕过去100年,主要是八国联军,后来日本人占领中国13年,占领大部分领土。他们过去占领中国领土不算,占领了北京还要赔偿。
  :还有治外法权。
  主席:治外法权,多哩!现在我们对日本,不要它赔偿。没法算,谁也算不清。赔不起。
  总理:一赔就要增加人民负担。

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