Nixon in China

Margaret MacMillan has a new book Seize the Hour: When Nixon Met Mao. She says that during Nixon’s historic visit to China, Nixon wrote this on his yellow pad to remind himself of the key issues:

What they want:
1. Build up their world credentials
2. Taiwan
3. Get out of Asia

What we want:
1. Indo China (?)
2. Communication—To restrain Chinese expansion in Asia
3. In future—Reduce threat of confrontation by China Super Power

What we both want:
1. Reduce danger of confrontation & conflict
2. A more stable Asia
3. A restraint on USSR

A very good example of succinct thinking – identifying the core issues that are most important in a negotiation.


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