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Conversations with Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai served as Premier of the People's Republic of China from October 1949 until his death in January 1976 and concurrently as the first Foreign Minister from 1949 through 1958. Zhou's involvement and influence on China's foreign policy was immense. This collection features hundreds of conversations that Zhou held with leaders from dozens of countries. See also the Digital Archvie collection: Conversations with Mao Zedong. (Photo: Zhou Enlai is received by Ion Gheorghe Maurer during a visit to Romania in June 1966.)

  • December 18, 1965

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Chen Yi and Nguyen Duy Trinh

    Zhou Enlai and Chen Yi strategize about negotiation with the United States.

  • December 19, 1965

    Record of Conversation from Premier Zhou's Reception of UAR Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Sedky

    Zhou Enlai criticises the developmental aid policies and practices of the United States and the Soviet Union. He and Sedky also discuss Chinese aid to Egypt.

  • March 23, 1966

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Le Duan

    Zhou Enlai cautions Le Duan against Soviet assistance.

  • April 13, 1966

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Deng Xioaping, Kang Sheng, Le Duan and Nguyen Duy Trinh

    China stresses the importance of Chinese aid in Vietnam, while pointing out Vietnam’s seeming mistrust; Vietnam relies on Chinese support.

  • May 12, 1966

    Conversations Between Emil Bodnăraş, Romanian Party and Government Delegation Leader, and Zhou Enlai, Prime Minister of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China in Beijing (excerpts)

    Bodnaras and Enlai discuss both Romania and China's strained relations with the Soviet Union.

  • June, 1966

    Memorandum of Conversation, between the Delegation of the People’s Republic of China, Led by Comrade Zhou Enlai, and the Leadership of the Party and Government of the People’s Republic of Albania [Excerpts]

    Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai meets with a delegation from Albania, and discusses with them Mao Zedong's 'Ten Theses on the Work in the Village.' The Albanians reaffirm their belief in the philosophical teachings of Mao, especially about opposing the dangers of revisionism. The group agrees that there were points at which Stalin was wrong, but that it would be wrong to publicly proclaim it.

  • August 14, 1966

    Note from the Conversation between Ambassador Jerzy Knothe and Prime Minister Zhou Enlai during the ambassador’s farewell visit, August 14, 1966

    Ambassador Jerzy Knothe and Prime Minister Zhou Enlai discuss ongoing Chinese class struggles.

  • August 23, 1966

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Pham Van Dong and Hoang Tung

    Zhou Enlai proposes sending more military personnel to Vietnam, he also criticizes Vietnamese press for writing about historical Chinese aggressions toward Vietnam.

  • October 05, 1966

    Zhou Enlai's Talk with Ion Gheorghe Maurer, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Romania, in Beijing

    Excerpt from the talk in which Zhou Enlai explains that China remains opposed to peace negotiations to end the Vietnam War.

  • February 03, 1967

    Memorandum of Conversation between Chairman Mao Zedong and Comrades Hysni Kapo and Beqir Balluku

    Mao Zedong and Beqir Balluku discuss China's Cultural Revolution.

  • April 07, 1967

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Soviet proposals to increase aid to Vietnam, via China

  • April 07, 1967

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Pham Van Dong and Vo Nguyen Giap (1), 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Zhou Enlai comments on the American military personality.

  • April 07, 1967

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Pham Van Dong and Vo Nguyen Giap (2), 3:30 - 6:30 pm

    Zhou Enlai reinforces his and China’s commitment to the war in Vietnam, even though he is almost seventy years old.

  • April 10, 1967

    Discussion between Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong address the issue of problematic Chinese Red Guard.

  • April 10, 1967

    Zhou Enlai's Talk with Pham Van Dong and Vo Nguyen Giap

    Excerpt from the talk in which Zhou Enlai offers encouragement and advice concerning the Vietnam War

  • April 10, 1967

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai discusses expansion of Vietnam War, as well as the development of a new front in Cambodia; also, a discussion on Prince Sihanouk and Lon Nol.

  • April 11, 1967

    Zhou Enlai's Talk with Pham Van Dong and Vo Nguyen Giap

    Zhou Enlai warns the Vietnamese delegation not to bend to Soviet demands.

  • April 12, 1967

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Chen Yi, Pham Van Dong and Vo Nguyen Giap

    Zhou Enlai discusses the class struggle present in China.

  • October 12, 1967

    Memorandum of Conversation between Albanian Labor Party Delegation and the Chinese Communist Party Leadership

    The record of a meeting between Mao Zedong and the Albanian Labor Party delegation. Mao describes the current condition of China in regards to some fighting that still continues and the waning enthusiasm of the population for continued violence.

  • February 07, 1968

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Ho Chi Minh

    Zhou Enlai proposes to the Vietnamese to organize additional field army corps to carry out operational tasks far from home bases.