„For us, it is all right if the talks succeed, and it is all right if they fail.“

— Zhou Enlai, On President Richard Nixon’s visit to China (5 October 1971), as quoted in Simpson's Contemporary Quotations (1988) edited by James Beasley Simpson.
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