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February 12, 1950

TELEGRAM, MAO ZEDONG TO LIU SHAOQI

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    Mao Zedong issues an internal party announcement on the signing of a new Sino-Soviet treaty.
    "Telegram, Mao Zedong to Liu Shaoqi," February 12, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi, ed., Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao (Mao Zedong’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the People’s Republic of China), vol. 1 (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 1987), 260-1; translation from Shuguang Zhang and Jian Chen, eds., Chinese Communist Foreign Policy and the Cold War in Asia: New Documentary Evidence, 1944-1950 (Chicago: Imprint Publications, 1996), 142-143 https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111264
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Comrade [Liu] Shaoqi:

Here is an internal party telegram I have just drafted. Please give it some consideration as soon as you receive it and dispatch it quickly.

Mao Zedong

6:00 a.m., 12 February [1950]


To All Central Committee Bureaus, Sub-Bureaus, and Front-Line Committees:

A new Sino-Soviet treaty and a series of agreements will be signed and published in days. Then, when different regions hold mass rallies, conduct discussions, and offer opinions, it is essential to adhere to the position adopted by the Xinhua News Agency's editorial. No inappropriate opinions should be allowed.

Central Committee

13 February [1950]

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