At the same time, Nixon stressed, “But we must have in mind, and they must be prepared for the fact, that there will continue to be a step-by-step, a more normal relationship with the other-the Chinese mainland
President Nixon responded to Premier Zhou’s invitation to visit China and as a preliminary step to send Henry Kissinger to Beijing. Nixon told Zhou that Kissinger was authorized to discuss all issues pertaining to Nixon’s own visit. Nixon told Zhou that strict secrecy was essential. He wrote that Kissinger would be able to discuss a joint communique about the Nixon visit. Click here to read the document.
President Nixon spoke by phone with Walter McConbassador to Taiwan. Nixon told McConaughy to, “Just say that we, that our-as far as the Republic of China is concerned that we have-we know who our friends are. And we are continuing to continue our close, friendly relations with them.” Nixon explained that the U.S. would not support throwing Taiwan out of the United Nations, but he said there was no way to prevent Taiwan from losing the Security Council seat. Because our interests require it. ” Nixon noted the Taiwan government had just sent a nice wedding gift for his daughter. He said that if he were in their situation, he wouldn’t worry about staying in the UN: “I would just say the hell with the UN. What is it anyway? It’s a damn debating society. What good does it do?” Nixon went on to say that the Chinese, if they had a decent system of government, would be an economic powerhouse. (State Department, Office of the Historian)
Kissinger joked that “Women in politics can be ferocious
President Nixon met with Henry Kissinger and Alexander Haig to go over plans for Kissinger’s meetings with Chinese leaders. Nixon told Kissinger to be stronger and “not to indicate a willingness to abandon much of our support for Taiwan until it was necessary to do so.” Nixon said that “discussions with the Chinese cannot look like a sellout of Taiwan.” Nixon wanted Kissinger to convey the utility of the U.S. remaining in Japan and Asia. He wanted Kissinger to emphasize the Soviet threat more. Nixon listed some “accomplishments” should be agreed prior to his going to China. Finally, Nixon said Kissinger must make it clear to the Chinese that they should not meet with other U.S. political figures before meeting with him. Click here to read the document.
Winston Lord, one of Henry Kissinger’s aides, worked with other aides to prepare these reports on the meetings with Chinese leaders. Lord later became U.S. Ambassador to China (1985-89) and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia (1993-97). Click here to see an interview he gave the USC U.S.-China Institute in .
Several Chinese arrived in Pakistan and were waiting on the Pakistani plane for Kissinger’s group. They included Huang Hua ( ?? who had translated for Edgar Snow when he interviewed Mao Zedong in Yan’an in 1936, in 1971 he was ambassador to Canada, he would later be China’s foreign minister), Ji Chaozhu (??? a high level interpreter who later served in Washington and as ambassador to the United Kingdom), Zhang Wenjin ( ??? later an ambassador to the U.S.), and Tang Wenshang (??? Nancy Tang, who was born in New York and went to China with her mother in 1953, translated for high level meetings throughout this period, she later served in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference).
Memorandum regarding a draft transcript of the July 9, 1971 meetings between Henry Kissinger and Premier Zhou Enlai. The memo includes a note that from 1940 to 1948, the U.S. provided China with more than $48 billion in lend-lease support. Zhou began the meeting by discovering the Americans were non-smokers. Zhou reasserted that Chairman Mao had said they’d welcome Nixon as President or as a private person. Kissinger told Zhou, “It is the conviction of President Nixon that a strong and developing People’s Republic of China poses no threat to any essential U.S. interest. It is no accident that our two countries have had such a long history of friendship.” Nixon, Kissinger said, would make no major move that would affect China’s interests without discussing it with China’s leaders ahead of time. Kissinger noted that China was a mysterious land. Zhou said that as Kissinger became more familiar with Chinese he would not find China so mysterious.Zhou complained that for years the American representatives have wanted to focus on small questions first and save fundatmental ones for later. Zhou was happy that Nixon was ready to talk about fundamental questions. Zhou focused on Taiwan, noting that a State Department official had said that the status of Taiwan was still undetermined. Kissinger quickly replied, “He hasn’t repeated it!” Kissinger said that without the Korean War, Taiwan would probably have been brought under Beijing’s control. Zhou insisted that U.S. recognition of Taiwan as a part of China was a precondition for normalization of relations. Kissinger said that China needed to recognize U.S. necessities, namely that the U.S. would not publicly state that eventually Taiwan would be under Beijing’s authority. Kissinger told Zhou that he’d made a secret trip to Paris to meet North Vietnamese representatives and that the U.S. was prepared to withdraw from Vietnam. Zhou mentioned that two Vietnamese women had led resistance to a Chinese invasion 2,000 years before. ” Kissinger articulated Nixon’s view that the U.S. would not reflexively fight communism but would deal with communist states on a case by case basis. Zhou claimed raya that while China supported North Vietnam, it had not sent soldiers to fight there. Kissinger explained that including Japan under the U.S. defense umbrella meant that Japan did not feel it needed to build up its own defense capabilities.He said that this was in both American and Chinese interests. Click here to read the document.