56. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon 1
Washington, December 27, 1969.
- Sino-Soviet Relations
Attached are extracts from a perceptive CIA analysis of current Sino-Soviet relations.2 The report indicates, inter alia:
- —Peking admits being forced into border talks and believes Soviet efforts to improve relations with the West are part of preparations for “dealing” with China.
- —Peking’s campaign of civilian “war preparations” is designed to deter a Soviet attack as well as promote national unity and unpopular domestic programs.
- —Moscow will continue military pressure along the frontier and pursue diplomatic efforts to isolate China.
- —Peking will remain the vulnerable and defensive party and seek to improve its international diplomatic position.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1006. Alexander M. Haig Chronological File, Sino-Soviet Relations. Secret; Sensitive. Notations on the memorandum indicate that it was to be taken to San Clemente and that the President saw it.↩
- Attached but not printed are extracts prepared in the White House. Although there exist a variety of reports from the CIA concerning Sino-Soviet relations, none was found in the files that corresponded to the following extracts.↩