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September 24, 1975

DISCUSSION BETWEEN MAO ZEDONG AND LE DUAN

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    "Discussion between Mao Zedong and Le Duan," September 24, 1975, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, CWIHP Working Paper 22, "77 Conversations." https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111263
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MAO ZEDONG AND LE DUAN

Beijing, 24 September 1975

Mao Zedong: Today, you are not the poorest under heaven.  We are the poorest.  We have a population of 800 million.  Our leadership is now facing a crisis.  The Premier (Zhou) is not in good health, he had four operations in one year and [the situation] is dangerous.  Kang Sheng and Ye Jianying are not in good health either.  I am 82 years old.  I am very ill.  [Mao points to Deng Xiaoping] Only he is young and strong.