Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Realpolitik at Play

Secretary Kissinger: Incidentally, I joked with the Mongolian Foreign Minister that I would visit his country. He took me seriously and extended me an invitation. Should I pay his country a visit? (Laughter) Seriously, there are no U.S. interests in Outer Mongolia, other than creating a sense of insecurity in other capitals. I don’t have to pursue this. I want your frank opinion.

Vice Foreign Minister Ch’iao: Considering this question, our position has been the same since the Yalta Conference. I’ve always told this to the Doctor. Maybe I am wrong, but you talked with Premier Chou about this.

Secretary Kissinger: Yes, but I don’t know how you would view American efforts to establish relations with Outer Mongolia. I know your historical view and what it represents.

Well, I can defer a decision until a later occasion. The only reason to go is to show activity in this area. But if you object—to a visit by me—I won’t go. Diplomatic relations, that we’ll do. (To Ambassador Habib:) Where do we stand on this?

Ambassador Habib: We have had no response.

Mr. Solomon: I believe their northern neighbor objects to Mongolia establishing relations with us.

Vice Foreign Minister Ch’iao: There are two aspects to the situation there. We maintain diplomatic relations [with the Mongolian People’s Republic], so there is no question of law. But this is really just a puppet state. It is in a situation of being occupied. So in such circumstances you will have to decide [whether or not to visit].

Secretary Kissinger: No, I can tell you now that it won’t be done.
FRUS, 1969-76, China. Kissinger's comments to Qiao Guanhua on Oct. 2, 1974.

Hat tip to Sergey Radchenko.