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(The photographers have finished; Chou ushers them out into the hall. When he returns he sits a little straighter, as do the President and Dr. Kissinger. Only Chairman Mao continues to lean back, his arms over the chair's arms, as the conversation moves on)
MAO You know we'll meet with your confrere the Democratic candidate if he should win.
NIXON That is a fate we hope you won't have to endure. I'd like to make another tour as President.
MAO You've got my vote. I back the man who's on the right.
KISSINGER Who's in the right you mean.
MAO No, no.
NIXON What they put forward we put through.
MAO I like right-wingers: Nixon, Heath...
NIXON De Gaulle.
MAO No, not De Gaulle. I'm loath to file him in that pigeonhole.
KISSINGER But Germany's another tale.
MAO We've more than once led the right wing forward while text-book cadres swung back into goose-step, home at last. How your most rigid theorist revises as he goes along!
NIXON Now you're referring to Wang Ming, Chiang, Chang Kuo-tao and Li Li-san.
MAO I spoke generally. The line we take now is a paradox. Among the followers of Marx the extreme left, the doctrinaire, tend to be fascist.
NIXON And the far right?
MAO True Marxism is called that by the extreme left. Occasionally the true left calls a spade a spade and tells the left it's right.
CHOU You've said that there's a certain well-known tree that grows from nothing in a day, lives only as a sapling, dies just at its prime, when good men raise it as their idol.
NIXON Not the cross?
MAO The Liberty Tree. Let it pass. I was a riddle, not a test. The revolution does not last. It is duration ... the regime survives in that, and not in time. While it is young in us it lives; we can save it, it never saves.
KISSINGER And yours will last a thousand years.
MAO Founders come first, then profiteers.
MAO Fishers of men. An organized oblivion.
NIXON The crane...
MAO Let us not be misled.
NIXON The Yellow Crane has flown abroad. Think of what we have lost and gained since forty-nine.
CHOU The current trend suggests that China's future might...
NIXON Might break the Futures Market.
MAO That would be a break. No doubt our plunge into the New York Stock Exchange will line some pockets here and there. Will these investments be secure? No. Not precisely.
NIXON There's the catch. You don't want China to be rich.
MAO You want to bring your boys back home.
NIXON What if we do? Is that a crime?
MAO Our armies do not go abroad. Why should they? We have all we need: new missionaries, businesslike, survey the field and the attack, promise to change our rice to bread, and wash us in our brothers' blood,
** and give us beads **
and crucify us on a cross of usury. After them come the Green Berets, insuring their securities.
NIXON Where it the Chinese people's faith?
MAO The people's faith? Another myth to sell bonds. It's worked well for you. The people are determined to divide the land to make it whole. Piecing the broken Golden Bowl the world to come has come, is theirs. We cried "Long live the Ancestors!", once, it's "Long live the Living!" now.
NIXON History holds her breath.
MAO We know the great silent majority will bide its time.
KISSINGER There you've got me. I'm lost.
CHOU The Chairman means the dead.
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