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July 07, 1972

ZHOU ENLAI’S TALK WITH XUAN THUY, HEAD OF THE DRV DELEGATION TO THE PARIS TALKS, IN BEIJING

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    In an excerpt from the talk, Zhou Enlai stresses the importance of the time between July and October 1972 for the Vietnam War.
    "Zhou Enlai’s Talk with Xuan Thuy, Head of the DRV Delegation to the Paris Talks, in Beijing," July 07, 1972, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Zhou Enlai waijiao huodong dashiji, 1949-1975 (Chronology of Zhou Enlai's Diplomatic Activities, 1949-1975) (Beijing: Shijie zhishi chubanshe, 1993), p. 636. Translated by Qiang Zhai. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111532
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ZHOU ENLAI AND XUAN THUY, LY BAN[1]

Beijing, 5:40 p.m., 7 July 1972'

Xuan Thuy: The DRV is prepared for two possibilities: on the one hand to be ready for the continuation of the war and on the other hand not to miss any opportunity to achieve a negotiated settlement on a reasonable basis.


Zhou: Whether the Vietnam War will continue or end in a negotiated settlement because of the concessions form the United States, the four months from July to October this year will be a crucial period.

[1] The participants on the Vietnamese side included Ly Ban (DRV vice minister of foreign trade) and Ngo Thuyen; on the Chinese side Lin Biao, Zhou Enlai, Kang Sheng, and Huang Yongsheng (CCP Politburo member and PLA chief of staff).