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February 24, 1960

CABLE FROM THE XINHUA BRANCH IN NEW DELHI, 'THE SINO-INDIAN BORDER ISSUE MENTIONED IN NEHRU-KHRUSHCHEV TALKS'

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    The Xinhua Office in New Delhi reports that Nehru and Khrushchev broached the Sino-Indian border dispute in their recent talks.
    "Cable from the Xinhua Branch in New Delhi, 'The Sino-Indian Border Issue Mentioned in Nehru-Khrushchev Talks'," February 24, 1960, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 109-02087-02, 19. Translated by Anna Beth Keim http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121784
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24 February 1960

Sino-Indian Border Issue Mentioned in Nehru-Khrushchev Talks

Xinhua Press Headquarters:

The Sino-Indian border issue was briefly raised during the Nehru-Khrushchev talks and Khrushchev took a non-interventionist stance. According to relevant individuals on the Soviet side, Nehru first brought up India’s position and [expressed] the hope that Khrushchev would understand it. Khrushchev said he believed that the two brothers, China and India, would have sufficient wisdom to resolve this issue, and that it was unsuitable for the third brother—the Soviet Union—to interfere. Nehru stated to Khrushchev that he had already written a letter to Premier Zhou inviting him to meet for talks. Khrushchev said that the major international issues [of today] are headed toward resolution; I hope that the Sino-Indian border issue can also be resolved.

Nehru and Khrushchev will continue talks in Calcutta on 1 March; Gao Liang will go to gain further understanding of the situation.

Delhi Branch Office