Na conversa com Deng, a estratégia anti-comunista era mais uma vez repetida. Henry Kissinger contou ter sido ele a receber, em Washington, François Mitterrand, líder do PSF, e não Gerald Ford, “para ele não fazer propaganda”. E disse-lhe que a administração Ford só manteria relações com ele se Mitterrand rompesse com o “grupo de [George] Marchais”, líder do PCF. Algo de muito idêntico disse Kissinger ao embaixador em Lisboa, Stuart Nash Scott, em 1974. Por causa da participação de Álvaro Cunhal, secretário-geral do PCP, no Governo Provisório.
The President: We have no objection to the reunification of Germany,
and as a matter of fact consider it inevitable.
Vice Premier Teng: During Chancellor Schmidt’s visit he said that
they are making efforts to strengthen their tank and anti-tank weapons,
and their surface-to-air missiles. But I told him to be careful as the Soviet
Union might not try to break through the center. It might attempt
the tactic of outflanking Europe. There are not only problems in the
northern wing, but also in the southern wing, and these are more complicated
and important. We have learned from you that recently the
situation in Portugal has improved, but it is possible there might be reversals
and trials of strength again.
The President: We are working closely with various governments
in West Europe, urging them to take strong action in Portugal; and
we ourselves, as I indicated yesterday, are helping to strengthen the
anti-Communist forces in Portugal. I recognize that the situation is not
yet stable, but the progress has been significant in the past several
As I told you yesterday, the United States is working with the government
forces against the Communists in Italy and France. And we
think these problems must be recognized by the governments themselves;
and they must be able to take action against the elements in
their own countries. For example, when Mitterrand came to the United
States, we had no contact with him under any circumstances.
Secretary Kissinger: When he came I saw him, not the President,
and only in the presence of the French Ambassador so that he could
make no propaganda. And we told him we would not deal with him
unless he broke with the Marchais group.