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August 20, 1955

CABLE FROM WANG BINGNAN, 'REQUEST FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON THE AMERICAN INVITATION TO AMBASSADOR WANG TO HAVE A MEAL ON MONDAY'

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    US Representative Johnson invited Wang to a private dinner at Johnson’s residence, stating that both would bring only interpreters and should not leak the information to reporters. Wang asked for instruction from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
    "Cable from Wang Bingnan, 'Request for Instructions on the American Invitation to Ambassador Wang to Have a Meal on Monday'," August 20, 1955, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 111-00068-01, 1. Translated by Yafeng Xia. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110212
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[To the] Foreign Ministry:

At the 8th Meeting, the other side seems to understand:

1) We could make no more concession regarding the agreement;

2) [We’ll] release the US nationals after an agreement is reached;

3) It is impossible for us to release all of the American nationals. The other party’s attitude was more flexible at the ninth meeting today. He wanted to confirm some issues, such as a specific period of time required to review the remaining cases of American nationals. After the meeting, the US representative invited me for a meal at his villa on the outskirts [of Geneva] so that we could exchange ideas more freely. To avoid journalist inquiries, only one interpreter from each side will be in [our] company. I told him that I would respond formally tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. (on the 21st). It seems that the other side has many difficulties and wants to socialize with me. How should I respond? Please give instructions immediately.

I will send a separate report on the eighth meeting.

Wang Bingnan

12:00 noon, 20 August [1955]