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September 05, 1986


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    Key points are provided for several major topics considered likely to be addressed during the talks of Deng Xiaoping and Wojciech Jaruzelski. Most notable are comments about the direction of Polish foreign policy and the Polish views of Chinese foreign policy.
    "Theses for the talks of First Secretary Wojciech Jaruzelski with Deng Xiaoping," September 05, 1986, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Polish Central Archives of Modern Records (AAN), KC PZPR, LXXVI-716. Obtained and translated by Malgorzata K. Gnoinska.
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Warsaw, September 5, 1986


Theses for the talks of [First Secretary Wojciech Jaruzelski] with the Member of the Permanent Committee of the Politburo CC CCP, the Chairman of the Central Consultative Committee of the CCP, the Chairman of the Military Commission of the CC CCP, and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission – Deng Xiaoping

Reply to the Invitation: Gratitude for the meeting which is the opportunity to personally meet one of the leading and legendary leaders of the Chinese revolution, an exceptional statesman, and the party and state activist of the PRC


Bilateral Relations: …The emphasis that Poland wishes to expand relations based on the principles of equality and mutual benefits. We are especially in favor of intensifying an economic cooperation. We are interested in continuing political dialogue, as well as developing cooperation in the areas of culture, science and technology, and in all other areas…

The Exchange of Experiences: Both of our countries, despite different historical and social conditions, have a lot in common. We both came to a conclusion that in order to meet the demands of the modern and upcoming XXI century of socialism, we need to consistently carry out deep economic and structural reforms at this stage, while taking into consideration the specific conditions of our own country… The exchange of our experiences and thoughts could be extremely useful…


The Directions of Poland's Foreign Policy: While remembering our own historical experiences, we based Poland's security on alliance, cooperation, and collaboration with the USSR and other socialist countries. We are active members of the Warsaw Pact and the Council for Mutual Economic Cooperation. This fact is vital to ensuring political and economic conditions for the development of socialist Poland and the defense of its sovereignty, which is threatened by the intervention of imperialism. The political and economic backing of our friends enabled us to overcome, in a relatively short period of time, a deep political, social, and economic crisis which our country found itself in in the beginning of the 1980s.

Poland's raison d'etat requires maintaining a political and territorial status quo in Europe in accordance with the resolutions from Yalta and Potsdam. The existence of both sovereign German nations is an irreversible fact today. Any efforts to violate this status quo go against not only our national interests, but also create a direct threat to the peace in Europe and the world.


China on the International Arena:
We are closely following the PRC's growing activeness and the role on the international arena. Your voice is very important on the matters of peace, disarmament, and détente. We see and appreciate your initiatives and actions, such as your declaration that you won't use nuclear weapons first, and your statements on opposing the arms race, especially when it comes to nuclear weapons and moving them into universe. We also appreciate your concern and actions, especially on the UN forum, creating a new economic order; just, equal and mutually beneficial economic relations; and solving the problem of debt on behalf of the international development, progress and the welfare of mankind.

As far as international matters, we have many issues in common. There are also differences. It is our wish that by conducting a vital dialogue these differences will be bridged. This is in the interest of our countries, socialism and peace.