Mao Zedong Offered Henry Kissinger 10 Million Chinese Women

In 1973, Henry Kissinger was engaged in a discussion of trade with Mao Zedong when the chairman abruptly changed the subject by saying, “We (China) 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.”

Kissinger sidestepped this bizarre offer and changed the subject, but Mao later returned to the subject by jokingly asking, “Do you want our Chinese women? We can give you 10 million.”

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

Other Chinese officials in the room pointed out that Mao’s attitudes towards women would cause quite a stir if the press got their hands on these quotes, so Mao apologized to his female interpreter and talked Kissinger into having the comments removed from the records of the meeting.

[by Ethan Trex]

  1. equalsbracket reblogged this from popularconscience and added:
    And that was only in 1973.
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    hahahah wooowww…
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    Every time I hang out with Mao, he tries to palm off legions of women on me and every time, I have to tell him,...
  9. stuffsaboutstuffs reblogged this from mentalflossr and added:
    Silly Mao.
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    Lol, excellent response Kissinger! ;-)
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