MAO Zedong proposed sending 10 million Chinese women to the United States, in talks with top envoy Henry Kissinger in 1973, according to documents released by the US State Department.

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BEIJING, CHINA – NOVEMBER 24, 1973: U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (R) meets with Chinese President Mao Zedong (L) in Beijing, China on November 24, 1973. Chinese leader Mao Zedong proposed sending 10 million Chinese women to the United States, in talks with signal envoy Henry Kissinger in 1973, according to documents released on February 12, 2008. The powerful chairman of the Chinese Communist Party said that he believed such emigration could kickstart trade but could also “harm” the United States with has population explosion similar to China, according to documents released by the State Department. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)

The Chinese dictator said he believed such emigration could kick-start bilateral trade but could also “harm” the US with a population explosion similar to China’s, according to documents covering US-China ties between 1973 and 1976.

In a long conversation that stretched past midnight at Mao’s residence on February 17, 1973, a cigar-smoking Mao referred to the dismal trade between the two countries, saying China was a “very poor country” and “what we have in excess is women”.

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