From the Economist’s review of Margaret MacMillan’s new book, Seize the Hour: when Nixon met Mao.
Some of the most revealing discoveries Ms MacMillan has made in her researches are the haiku-like memos Nixon wrote on his yellow pads. One, which he scribbled before the talks started, begins:
What they want:
1. Build up their world credentials
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
Note the question-mark after “Indochina”!