Kissinger reported that Romanian President Ceausecu had sent his vice-premier to Beijing. Chinese Premier Zhou gave the Romanian a note saying the key issue with the U.S. was the American “occupation of Taiwan.” Zhou said the U.S. President would be welcome to discuss this issue in Beijing. Nixon wrote on the memo that he worried the U.S. appeared “too eager” to meet with the Chinese. Click here to read the document.
Prepared by Kissinger for President Nixon
W. Richard Smyser, a member of Henry Kissinger’s National Security Council staff, reported to him on a letter he had received from Jean Sainteny, a former French official who facilitated Kissinger’s secret talks in 1969 with North Vietnamese officials. Sainteny was one of the conduits by which the U.S. was reaching out to China, via China’s ambassador to France. A handwritten note on the document indicates that Kissinger wanted such information right away, as he put it, “It is as important as anything we might do.” Click here to read the document.
Asked at a press conference about how efforts to improve relations with China could affect Taiwan, Nixon replied, “I understand the apprehension in Taiwan, but I believe that that apprehension, insofar as Taiwan’s continued existence and as its continued membership in the United Nations, is not justified
Nixon released his second annual report on foreign policy to the U.S. Congress and discussed it in a radio address. He noted that “We have relaxed trade and travel restrictions to underline our readiness for greater contact with Communist China” and said,
“We will search for consecutive discussions with Communist China while maintaining our defense commitment to Taiwan. When the Government of the People’s Republic of China is ready to engage in talks, it will find us receptive to agreements that further the legitimate national interests of China and its neighbors.” Click here for the full radio address. (more…)