According to documents issued by the US State Department, in 1973, Mao Zedong suggested sending 10 million Chinese women to the United States during talks with top advisor Henry Kissinger.
According to documents covering US-China relations between 1973 and 1976, the Chinese dictator said he believed such emigration could help mutual trade but could also “damage” the US by causing a rising population comparable to China’s.On February 17, 1973, during a long talk that lasted well past midnight at Mao’s home, a cigar-smoking Mao mentioned the weak trade relations between the two countries, saying China was a “very poor country” and “what we have in abundance is women.”
Mao Zedong And His Offer
He proposed sending “thousands” of women at first, but then added “10 million” as an afterthought, which caused laughter at the conference, which was also attended by Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai. President Richard Nixon’s national security advisor at the time, Dr. Henry Kissinger, assured Mao that the US had no requirements or quotas for Chinese women, which drew more laughter.
He then attempted to draw attention to the Soviet Union’s threat as well as other global issues. However, Mao drew the conversation back to Chinese women.
“Allow them to come to your home.” They are going to cause disasters. That way, you can lighten our load,” Mao explained.
“Are you interested in our Chinese women?” “We will give you ten million dollars.” Mao was “improving his bid,” according to Dr. Kissinger. “By doing so, we will enable them to overwhelm your country with chaos, thus risking your interests,” Mao added. We have so many women in our world, and they have their own way of doing things: “They give birth to children, and we have so many children.”
“This is such an unique concept,” Dr. Kissinger responded, “that we will have to review it.”
“We have so many women in our country who don’t know how to fight,” Mao said. The minutes had to be removed, and Dr. Kissinger agreed with Mao. Mao, on the other hand, said he was “not scared of something” as Dr. Kissinger mentioned that he would lift the topic at his next press conference. “Anyway, God has sent me an invitation,” the Chinese leader said, coughing profusely throughout the meeting.
Mao died in September 1976. In 1979, diplomatic relations between the United States and China were restored.