Chairman Mao Offered Chinese Women to U.S.

A strange piece of history was discovered in a document that the U.S. State Department’s historical office recently released. It was a conversation transcript between China’s Chairman Mao Zedong and U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger from 1973 in Beijing, China .

“You know, China is a very poor country,” Mao said. “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.”

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

Kissinger noted Mao was “improving his offer,” and the chairman is on record then saying, “We have too many women … They give birth to children and our children are too many.”

“It is such a novel proposition,” Kissinger replied. “We will have to study it.”

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