Previously secret material on Nixon's 1972 China trip

The “National Security Archive” at Georgetown University very recently released the now fully declassified documents of records kept of Nixon’s visit to China in 1972. Previously released versions excised statements of considerable interest on Taiwan independence and Peng Min-ming, Japan’s influence, and other topics.

Lots of interesting reading there.

From the summary:

[quote]The documents include:
[ul][li]Premier Zhou Enlai’s claim that Washington had let pro-independence politician Peng Meng-min escape from Taiwan, to which Nixon and Kissinger denied that Washington had given any help and assured Zhou that they opposed Taiwanese independence.[/li]
[li]Nixon’s repeated assurances to Zhou that Washington would discourage any Japanese “military intervention” in South Korea or a Japanese role in Taiwan.[/li]
[li]Kissinger’s detailed run-down of Soviet forces along China’s borders, including ground forces, tactical aircraft and missiles, strategic air defenses, and strategic missiles, with special attention to nuclear weapons.[/li][/ul]Kissinger on Taiwanese independence:
"I told the Prime Minister that no American personnel … will give any encouragement or support in any way to the Taiwan Independence Movement.