May 17, 1966


We know that China is a difficult and hostile power and that negotiations with China may be frustrating—and perhaps fruitless. But China exists. China is a nuclear power. And without China’s cooperation, the proliferation of nuclear weapons may be beyond our capacity to control. It is therefore our responsibility to take the first step—to take every honorable step—to bring China to the table of discussion at Geneva, or to engage in bilateral discussions at a high level elsewhere. But this we have not done. I think the Senate—I think the American people—are mature enough and concerned enough about the problem of nuclear weapons, to support such negotiations with Communist China.