Alfred Jenkins先后在林登约翰逊总统和尼克松总统手下担任负责处理美中关系的资深外交官，是1971年7月基辛格首次访华时的主要助手。1967年8月9日，时任国家安全事务委员会成员的Alfred Jenkins向美国总统国家安全事务助理Walt Whitman Rostow送上一份备忘录，内容是瑞典外交官Jean-Christophe Oberg评价文革时中共外交乱象。Jenkins说他认识并认为年轻的Oberg（33岁）是一位老练的亚洲事务观察家。
THE WHITE HOUSE
CONFIDENTIAL August 9 1967
MEMORANDUM FOR MR. ROSTOW
SUBJECT: Swedish Foreign Ministry Official's Comments re Mainland China
The following excerpts from a conversation which a member of our Embassy in Stockholm had with Jean-Christophe Oberg are of interest. I know Oberg and consider him to be a competent, young (33 years old) observer of the Asian scene.
Oberg "confirmed our interpretation about developments in the Chinese Foreign Ministry, i.e., that a group of radical Red Guards, who know little about international affairs and diplomacy, but who are letter-perfect in the thoughts of Mao Tse-tung, have taken over the Ministry. He said that foreign diplomats found it quite disconcerting when they make a call on the Chinese Foreign Minister to read a banner which is posted outside the Foreign Ministry stating that Foreign Minister Chen Yi should be beheaded. Oberg said Red Guards are present whenever a foreign ambassador calls on Chen Yi, and in fact when the British Ambassador called with a protest note concerning Hong Kong, the Red Guard in attendance called him a facist. He said foreign diplomats, including the Swedes, had relatively little contact with the Foreign Ministry now except when they had a specific problem. In fact, foreign diplomats are pretty much isolated from the rest of the Chinese society and, therefore, their reporting is not as accurate as it could be.
"In discussing the power struggle within China today, Oberg remarked that Ambassador Petri, who is in Sweden on home leave, refused to make any long-term prediction because the situation is so unstable. One indication of how oppressive the atmosphere is in Peking right now is that Petri considers a trip to Hanoi a pleasant relief, "almost like visiting a resort,' compared to Peking. Lin Piao, while extremely powerful at this time, is in such poor physical condition that he would not be capable of running the country should Mao die. Chou En-lai has admitted to visitors from Eastern Europe that while he opposes the cultural revolution personally, he is careful about making public criticism in order to remain in the inner circle, and thereby exercise some degree of moderation.
Oberg said they felt that at the present time China was not about to engage itself in military activities outside its borders. This, of course, did not preclude assisting various warring factions in Burma or increasing support for the insurgency in Thailand."
cc: Mr. Jorden
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