Skip to comments.Documents: Chairman Mao proposed sending 10 million Chinese women to US
Posted on 05/14/2008 5:28:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
WASHINGTON - Chinese leader Mao Zedong proposed sending 10 million Chinese women to the United States, in talks with top envoy Henry Kissinger in 1973, according to documents released Tuesday.
The powerful chairman of the Chinese Communist Party said he believed such emigration could kickstart bilateral trade but could also "harm" the United States with a population explosion similar to China, according to documents released Tuesday by the State Department on US-China ties between 1973 to 1976.
In a long conversation that stretched way past midnight at Mao's residence on February 17, 1973, the cigar-chomping Chinese leader referred to the dismal trade between the two countries, saying China was a "very poor country" and "what we have in excess is women."
He first suggested sending "thousands" of women but as an afterthought proposed "10 million," drawing laughter at the meeting, also attended by Chinese premier Zhou Enlai.
Kissinger, who was President Richard Nixon's national security advisor at that time, told Mao that the United States had no "quotas" or "tariffs" for Chinese women, drawing more laughter.
Kissinger then tried to highlight to Mao the threat posed by the Soviet Union and other global concerns as he moved to lay the groundwork for restoring diplomatic ties a year after Nixon's historic visit to China.
But Mao dragged the talks back to the topic of Chinese women.
"Let them go to your place. They will create disasters. That way you can lessen our burdens," Mao said.
"Do you want our Chinese women? We can give you ten million," he said.
Kissinger noted that Mao was "improving his offer."
Mao continued, "By doing so we can let them flood your country with disaster and therefore impair your interests. In our country we have too many women, and they have a way of doing things.
"They give birth to children and our children are too many."
A shrewd diplomat, Kissinger seemed to turn the tables on Mao, replying, "It is such a novel proposition, we will have to study it."
The two leaders then spoke briefly about the threat posed by the Soviet Union, with Mao saying he hoped Moscow would attack China and be defeated.
But Mao again lamented, "We have so many women in our country that don't know how to fight.
The assistant Chinese foreign minister, Wang Haijung, who was at the meeting, then cautioned Mao that if the minutes of the conversation were made public, "it would incur the public wrath."
Kissinger agreed with Mao that the minutes be scrapped.
But when Kissinger joked that he would raise the issue at his next press conference, Mao said, "I'm not afraid of anything.
"Anyway, God has sent me an invitation," said the Chinese leader, who coughed badly during the talks.
Mao died in September 1976. US-China diplomatic relations were restored in 1979.
Bet they wish they had 10 million extra women now.
Yep, strange idea... yet here we have 10 million Mexican woman AND 10 million Mexican men (give or take).
Insert Asian women and driving jokes here...
Our roads are dangerous enough!
`Spose to have pics now of the kind(s) of Chinese women who would be very acceptable in the US under Mao's plan if it were put into play today.
No need, Mao. Our own open Southern border is doing the trick.
I’d say more like 15 million women and 25 million men.
We’d of course have to have a selection committee. There’d be no shortage of volunteers, I’d imagine.
I guess the kudzu thing was a trial balloon.
Yep. With 133:100 new birth male/female ratio, there might be a problem in a few years. Actually, the problem is already cropping up as millions of female newborns were allowed to die because of one child per couple policy and the value of having a male heir.
In 1979, Deng Xiaoping arrived here on an official visit. China was emerging from the Cultural Revolution, and poised to embark on the capitalist road. When President Carter sat down with Mr. Deng, he told him he was concerned over the right of the Chinese people to emigrate.
The Jackson-Vanik amendment, Mr. Carter said, prohibited granting most favored nation trade status to regimes that did not allow their people to emigrate.
“Well, Mr. President,” Deng cheerfully replied, “Just how many Chinese do you want? Ten million. Twenty million. Thirty million?”
Deng’s answer stopped Carter cold. In a few words, the Chinese leader had driven home a point Mr. Carter seemed not to have grasped: Hundreds of millions of people would emigrate to America in a eyelash, far more than we could take in, far more than our existing population of 270 million, if we threw open our borders.
This isn’t supposed to be a sex thread. Why don’t you keep this private.
Uh oh. I fear I have unleashed a hornet’s nest now on FR. ;-)
It’s about Chinese women. You didn’t read the title?
#4 is innocent of all charges!!!I wonder if she needs a foster home?
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