146. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to President Carter1


  • S&T Exchanges with the PRC

Frank Press provides you a succinct description of our S&T exchange program with Peking.2 He has provided me with detailed descriptions of each program, which I am prepared to supply you, should you wish to see them.3

In a nutshell, here is what Frank has done:

—Through the Policy Review Committee, he has established an inter-agency coordinating body to review all programs.

—He has managed to secure total consensus among all agencies concerning the road immediately ahead.

—Hence, no inter-agency disputes require your attention. You only need approve the pace Frank has set.

—The pace is gradual and largely involves reaching a series of agreements to explore ways to cooperate. With the exception of student exchanges, where understandings are imminent, the program is unfolding carefully.

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—The sequence in which we are addressing areas of cooperation are:

• Students (October)

• Energy—oil, coal, high energy physics, renewable energy, and hydroelectric (late October).

• Agriculture (November)

• Space (possibly November)

• Health (December)


That you endorse Frank’s approach and authorize him to proceed at a measured pace in correspondence with his Chinese counterpart.4

  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Country File, Box 8, China (People’s Republic of), 9–11/78. Confidential. Sent for action. A handwritten “C” at the top of the page indicates that Carter saw the memorandum.
  2. See Document 144.
  3. The supporting documentation is attached but not printed.
  4. Carter checked the Approve option and initialed “J.”