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January 07, 1950

TELEGRAM, MAO ZEDONG TO LIU SHAOQI AND ZHOU ENLAI

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    Mao Zedong issues a letter on Chinese representation at the United Nations.
    "Telegram, Mao Zedong to Liu Shaoqi and Zhou Enlai," January 07, 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), 221; 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), 135. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112681
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To [Liu] Shaoqi and [Zhou] Enlai:

Here is a draft of the statement that Zhou is to telegraph to the president of the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations secretary general, and the governments of the ten member states of the United Nations Security Council (do not send it to Yugoslavia).[1] Please dispatch the telegram per this draft.

Mao Zedong

12:00 p.m., 7 January [1950]

 
[1]The full text of Zhou Enlai's telegram to the United Nations, which was dispatched on 8 January 1950, was as follows:

"Lake Success, to Mr. Carlos Romulo, President of the United Nations General Assembly; to Mr. Trygve Li, Secretary General of the United Nations; also to the member states of the United Nations Security Council--the Soviet Union, the United States, Great Britain, France, Ecuador, India, Cuba, Egypt, and Norway: The Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China is of the opinion that it is illegal for the representatives of the remnants of the reactionary gang of the Chinese Nationalist Party to remain in the Security Council. It therefore holds that these representatives must be expelled from the Security Council immediately. I am specially calling your attention to this matter by this telegram, and I hope that you will act accordingly."

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