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I got some good feedback about my last column, so I thought I'd point folks to this story I saw on CNN this morning. It's short, so I'll run the whole thing. Now, I realize that this is a new story about events from 1973, but notice Kissinger's reaction to Mao, as though it were the 1600's and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was in it's infancy. Astonishing.

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid a discussion of trade in 1973, Chinese leader Mao Zedong made what U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called a novel proposition: sending tens of thousands, even 10 million, Chinese women to the United States.

    Chinese leader Mao Zedong, here depicted in an Andy Warhol painting, offered women to the U.S.

    "You know, China is a very poor country," Mao said, according to a document released by the State Department's historian office.

    "We don't have much. What we have in excess is women. So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands."

    A few minutes later, Mao circled back to the offer. "Do you want our Chinese women?" he asked. "We can give you 10 million."

    After Kissinger noted Mao was "improving his offer," the chairman said, "We have too many women. ... They give birth to children and our children are too many."

    "It is such a novel proposition," Kissinger replied in his discussion with Mao in Beijing. "We will have to study it."

2 Comments:

lori said...

so sick...

Melissa said...

I haven't posted any comment about this because I am just, well, speechless.

And how close is this sort of thinking to the way things are today in China?

How naive am I?

Thanks for posting it

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