9. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to President Carter1
- DoD Inputs on US–PRC Relations
1. I enclose a memorandum from Secretary Brown dealing with the significance of our relationship with the PRC for our national security policy, and a memorandum from Secretary Brown transmitting specific recommendations from General Brown (JCS) pertaining to US–PRC military contacts.
2. With regard to the memorandum from Secretary Brown, let me note that I am generally in agreement with his emphasis on the important security benefits which we have derived from our relationship with Peking. We must, therefore, be careful not to slight China in our dealings with the Soviet Union, and an informal interagency group, with NSC staff member Michel Oksenberg, is engaged in reviewing US–PRC relations from that standpoint.
3. With regard to the recommendations for US–PRC military contacts, my view is that your decision should await the outcome of the interagency review. Subject to your approval, I would recommend that you instruct me to request Secretary Brown to prepare a paper analyzing in more detail the six specific recommendations submitted by General Brown. His response would then be included in the interagency review, on the basis of which a more politically sensitive judgment can be submitted for your approval.2[Page 34] [Page 37]
- Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Country File, Box 8, China (People’s Republic of): 1–2/77. Secret; Eyes Only.↩
- Carter checked the Approve option and initialed “J.”↩
- Secret; Eyes Only. Secretary Brown sent copies of this memorandum to Vance and Brzezinski. On February 1, McAuliffe sent Brown a draft of this memorandum, on which Brown wrote, “2/2. Gene McA—Let me have a) a memo which I can use as a talking paper with ZB and then send to him along the lines marked [illegible] on next page. b) a memo to the President (cc to CV and ZB) urging that we move forward along the lines of this paper. HB.” (Washington National Records Center, OSD Files: FRC 330–80–0035, Republic of China, 092)↩
- See Document 6.↩