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October 28, 1963


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    "Cable from Qiang Xiaochu, 'Premier Kim Received the Study Delegation'," October 28, 1963, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 106-00719-04, 39-40. Translated by Caixia Lu.
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Cable Received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Urgent - From the Korea Desk - No (63) 395

Premier Kim Received the Study Delegation

Comrade [Song] Renqiong and the Northeast Bureau:

A cable dated October 5 arrived with the news that Premier Kim Il Sung received and hosted an afternoon banquet for all the comrades of the study delegation. Those who present included Vice Chairman Kim Gwang-hyeop, Director of the Finance and Planning Department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, Minister of Agriculture, Vice Minister of Defense and the Vice Minister of Heavy Industry. Ambassador Hao Deqing was also present. The talks lasted for an hour and a half and photos were taken to commemorate the occasion. Comrade Kim Il Sung was extremely friendly during the talks. He talked about many important things and issues concerning agriculture in [North] Korea. During the banquet, he mentioned what Chairman Mao said about the Northeast being [North] Korea’s rear when he visited Wuhan, and recounted how the Northeast had helped the Koreans during the Korean revolution, the war of liberation and in development, and he said that the Koreans would never forget the Northeast. He said he would sometimes dream of the Northeast, and that Korea and the Northeast should interact more and be closer. They are also prepared to send people to visit the Northeast. He himself is planning to bring a group of ministers to the Northeast for an unofficial visit. [We immediately extended our welcome to the Comrade Prime Minister to visit the Northeast at his convenience]. During the banquet, he also talked about important issues such as industrial development and anti-revisionism. The conversation of the reception was submitted immediately after being recorded and compiled. Should this be reported to the central committee? For your consideration please.

On the issue of Comrade Renqiong and others visiting [North] Korea, when the Vice Minister of Heavy Industry of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea who was accompanying us asked about it yesterday, I had said what was indicated in the cable that they might be arriving around the 15th. Ambassador Hao also spoke about this to the Koreans during the banquet. Based on some of the situations we encountered after coming here, I feel that there are a few points below that can serve as reference:

1. Since we arrived, the Koreans treated us as internal guests, they were very natural on the one hand and were not too concerned about formalities, there were no written speeches at all the banquets; on the other hand the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea attached great importance to our arrival and accorded very high levels of reception and were very attentive and warm. I reckon that when Comrade Renqiong and the others visit Korea, they would likely be received as internal guests, thus they would not necessarily be prepared with the formalities.

2. Since we arrived, interpreters from the Korean side had undertaken all interpretation work. We brought very few of our own interpreters. In view of this situation, it’s best for Comrade Renqiong and others to bring along Han interpreters. That would be more convenient.

3. Recently, when the Koreans raised the issue of extending the duration of the study delegation’s visit, they mentioned that the aim was to have more interactions with local cadres. Although the next batch to visit is invited here for training, I reckon that they would also arrange for them to visit some places in view of this aim. Thus, we should prepare some extra gifts [including separate gifts for individuals and collective gifts for work units we visit]. The gifts that we presented this time round are general lower in protocol than that of the Beijing talks, but the gifts given to individuals at the work units were more than what we had anticipated

The few points that I have raised above are purely for reference

As per arrangements made by the hosts, we are leaving Pyongyang on the night of the 14th for Hamhung, Wonsan, Mount Kumgang and other places, and will return to Pyongyang on the 20th.

Please let me know if there are any instructions.

Qiang Xiaochu

October 8, 1963