Five years before his great Communist Revolution in 1949, Mao Zedong sent this secret message to Washington: 'China must industrialize,', wrote Mao. 'This can only be done by free enterprise. Chinese and American interests fit together, economically and politically. America need not fear that we will not be co-operative. We cannot risk crossing America. We cannot risk any conflict.'
Mao received no reply. Nothing has changed.
Mao was looking to be a friend of the US from the beginning. He said 'I will go meet Franklin Roosevelt in the White House.' Mao reaches out 1950 to Harry Truman, he reaches out to Dwight Eisenhower. They all refused cooperation.
This opportunity that might have changed history, prevented wars, save countless lives, was lost because the truth of these overtures was denied in Washington of the 1950s.
State department officials who had carried Mao's messages were condemned unjustly as Communist traitors. Everybody who knew Mao, who spoke Chinese, was gone. In the 1950s the State Department had no employees who spoke Chinese.
It's resulted of the US not having relations with the most populous country in the world.
Taken from John Pilger's new documentary The Coming War on China