ZHOU ENLAI’S TALK WITH ION GHEORGHE MAURER, CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF ROMANIA, IN BEIJINGCITATION SHARE DOWNLOAD
get citationExcerpt from the talk in which Zhou Enlai discusses the Soviet Union’s role in Vietnamese negotiations."Zhou Enlai’s talk with Ion Gheorghe Maurer, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Romania, in Beijing" September 07, 1969, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, The Diplomatic History Research Office of the People's Republic of China Foreign Ministry, ed., Zhou Enlai waijiao huodong dashiji, 1949-1975 (Chronology of Zhou Enlai's Diplomatic Activities, 1949-1975) (Beijing: Shijie zhishi chubanshe, 1993), p. 538-539. Translated for CWIHP by Qiang Zhai. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111534
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Although we have different views, it is helpful to exchange opinions. As to the Vietnam question, whether the DRV continues the resistance war or conducts the Paris talks, it is the business of the Vietnamese Party themselves. When we exchange views with the Vietnamese comrades, we primarily discuss the conditions of the anti-American war in Vietnam. We want to support them and learn from their experience in carrying out the people's war. With regard to the Paris talks, we have never intervened partly because the DRV makes decisions and partly because the Soviet Union has intervened. [Because of the Soviet factor], We are even more unwilling to intervene. We have not paid attention to the progress of the talks. The Soviet Union is using the Vietnam issue, the Middle East issue, the West Berlin issue, and the China issue as trump cards in its bargaining with the United States. All these issues have been subordinated to their foreign policies. Their international policies are nothing but the unity of the two superpowers to dominate the world.
 Maurer was leading a Romanian Party and government delegation to attend Ho Chi Minh's funeral in Hanoi. He made a stopover in Beijing on September 7, 1969.