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January 18, 1950

TELEGRAM, MAO ZEDONG TO LIU SHAOQI

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    Mao Zedong gives Liu Shaoqi guidance on Chinese foreign policy towards the United States and Great Britain.
    "Telegram, Mao Zedong to Liu Shaoqi," January 18, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi, ed., Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao (Mao Zedong’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the People’s Republic of China), vol. 1 (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 1987), 241; translation from Shuguang Zhang and Jian Chen, eds., Chinese Communist Foreign Policy and the Cold War in Asia: New Documentary Evidence, 1944-1950 (Chicago: Imprint Publications, 1996), 138. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111253
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Comrade [Liu] Shaoqi:

The telegram of 17 January [1950] has been received.

(1) That the United States is evacuating all its official personnel from China is extremely favorable for us. However, those democratic figures who have suffered from the fear of the United States may have some disagreement with such actions as the requisition of foreign military barracks. Please pay attention to making explanations to them.

(2) When the British charge d'affairs [John C.] Hutchinson arrives in Beijing, what questions should we raise in discussions with him? The Central Committee should draft a written document on the basis of a discussion with members of the foreign ministry, which should define the guidelines, approach that we are to adopt and the concrete issues that we are to address. The document should be reported to me in advance.

Mao Zedong

18 January [1950]

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