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April 04, 1955

CABLE FROM FENG XUAN TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, 'PLEASE INSTRUCT US REGARDING POLICY TOWARD TALKS WITH THE UNITED STATES'

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    Feng Xuan reported to the Foreign Ministry on the release of 76 Chinese students from the US and the American invitation to a meeting on the expatriate question.
    "Cable from Feng Xuan to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Please Instruct Us regarding Policy toward Talks with the United States'," April 04, 1955, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 111-00064-05. Obtained and translated by Yafeng Xia. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114713
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To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

The US Consulate General at Geneva called our Consulate General to schedule a meeting for 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.

According to Agence France-Presse, the US Department of State has already granted exit permits to 76 Chinese students. It is likely that the US side will discuss the Chinese student issue, which we raised at previous meetings, and will also inquire into the convicted Americans in China. Please give us instructions and provide us with relevant materials, such as the names of those students who have already returned to China, facts regarding US obstruction [toward the resolution of this issue] and abuse of the Chinese students, and information regarding the convicted Americans [in China]. We wish to postpone the meeting until the afternoon of the 6th [of April]. Please send instructions immediately so that we prepare (your reply to our last request was too late).

Feng Xuan 

4 April [1955]