February 15, 2008

Trafficking in Women, the Chinese Way

Contrary to popular misconception, the communists are not beneath anyone in male chauvinism of the worst kind. From a transcript of the 1973 meeting between Chairman Mao Zedong and the U.S. envoy Henry Kissinger, released by the State Department (link via USA Today):

Chairman Mao: The trade between our two countries at present is very pitiful. It is gradually increasing. You know China is a very poor country. We don’t have much. What we have in excess is women. (Laughter)
Dr. Kissinger: There are no quotas for those or tariffs.
Chairman Mao: So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands. (Laughter)
Prime Minister Chou: Of course, on a voluntary basis.
Chairmain Mao: Let them go to your place. They will create disasters. That way you can lessen our burdens. (Laughter)


Chairman Mao: Do you want our Chinese women? We can give you ten million. (Laughter, particularly among the women.)
Dr. Kissinger: The Chairman is improving his offer.
Chairman Mao: By doing so we can let them flood your country with disaster and therefore impair your interests. In our country we have too many women, and they have a way of doing things. They give birth to children and our children are too many. (Laughter)
Dr. Kissinger: It is such a novel proposition, we will have to study it.
Chairman Mao: You can set up a committee to study the issue. That is how your visit to China is settling the population question. (Laughter)
Dr. Kissinger: We will study utilization and allocation.
Chairman Mao: If we ask them to go I think they would be willing.
Prime Minister Chou: Not necessarily.
Chairman Mao: That’s because of their feudal ideas, big nation chauvinism.
Dr. Kissinger: We are certainly willing to receive them.


Mao: You know, the Chinese have a scheme to harm the United States, that is, to send ten million women to the United States and impair its interests by increasing its population.
Kissinger: The chairman has fixed the idea so much in my mind that I’ll certainly use it at my next press conference. (Laughter)


  1. Chairman Mao: If we ask them to go I think they would be willing.

    Sure even a country where they do not understand a word of the local language has to be better than living in a country ruled by such arrogant (insert suitable swearword here.)

  2. Usha,
    How about "son of a jerk"?

  3. I thin k you still give too much debit to his parents - I think you ought to give more credit to the man himself for his lowliness.

  4. usha:
    You are right. I guess, a plain vanilla "jerk" should do :)


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