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August 20, 1955

CABLE FROM WANG BINGNAN, 'POTENTIAL TOPICS AT THE PRIVATE DINNER WITH JOHNSON'

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    Wang drafted certain issues that might be touched upon during the private dinner with Johnson and asked for permission from the Foreign Ministry. The US might: (1) Explain the current situation and wish to improve Sino-US relations; (2) Continue searching China’s bottom-line with soft methods; (3) Want to test China’s attitude on improving Sino-US relations; (4) Test China’s opinion on the second agenda.
    "Cable from Wang Bingnan, 'Potential Topics at the Private Dinner with Johnson'," August 20, 1955, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 111-00068-01, 4. Translated by Yafeng Xia. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110214
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[To the] Foreign Ministry:

The US representative has invited me for dinner. The anticipated topics [of discussion] may include the following:

1) To explain the unfavorable US situation and to express wishes to improve Sino-American relations; the US attempt to break a deadlock;

2) To attempt to use soft approaches to achieve the goal of getting US nationals released; to continue to probe our bottom line on the release of US nationals;

3) To feel out our attitude toward the improvement of Sino-American relations;

4) To probe our opinions regarding Agenda II;

Are they fitting? Please instruct.

Wang Bingnan

10:45 p.m., 20 August [1955]