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June 04, 1965

DISCUSSION BETWEEN ZHOU ENLAI AND TANZANIAN PRESIDENT JULIUS NYERERE

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    Zhou Enlai sees the current US involvement in the Congo as a serious situation, but, on a worldwide scale, Vietnam is much more serious.
    "Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere," June 04, 1965, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, CWIHP Working Paper 22, "77 Conversations." https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113063
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ZHOU ENLAI AND TANZANIAN PRESIDENT JULIUS NYERERE

Dar es Salaam, 4 June 1965

Zhou Enlai: American aggression in Congo is aimed at changing Congo into its stronghold for further aggressive activities in Africa.  The struggle against American aggression in Congo is a new one, and will last for a long period.  By looking at the Congo question in isolation, it is truly serious.  But from a worldwide perspective, the Vietnam question is the most serious in the current situation.  The more America’s strength is bogged down in Vietnam, the better for the movement for national independence and liberation.  At present, how to support Vietnam is an issue of utmost importance.  China is willing to provide all kinds of support to Vietnam.  It is beneficial to the people of the world if America is bogged down in Vietnam.  Although the United States is powerful, once its strength is dispersed, it will become powerless.