99. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon 1
- Chinese Communist Initiative
At Tab B is the text of the exchange which President Yahya had with Prime Minister Chou En-lai and President Yahya’s comments on the Chinese reply. Chou En-lai made the point that the Chinese reply represented the coordinated position of Chairman Mao, Vice Chairman Lin Piao and himself.
At Tab A is a draft Note Verbale which would respond to the ChiCom communication and:
- —states U.S. pleasure at Peking’s offer proffered at the February 20 Warsaw meeting to receive a U.S. representative to discuss outstanding issues between our two Governments;
- —welcomes high level discussions seeking the improvement of relations between our two countries; and
- —proposes a meeting of our respective representatives at the earliest possible moment to discuss the modalities of a higher level meeting.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1031, Files for the President—China Material, Exchanges Leading up to HAK’s Trip to China, December 1969–July 1971. Top Secret; Sensitive. Printed from an unsigned copy.↩
- Nixon made several minor changes to the draft at Tab A, including substituting “Peoples Republic of China” for “China” in the last sentence. According to a December 16 memorandum of record prepared by Kennedy (ibid.), the message was given to Hilaly on December 16. See Document 100.↩