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April 10, 1957

CABLE FROM THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY, 'THE PREMIER'S DISCUSSION WITH THE INDONESIAN AMBASSADORS ON CONVENING THE SECOND AFRO-ASIAN CONFERENCE'

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    In a meeting with the Indonesian ambassador, Zhou Enlai emphasized that it was important that many countries would attend the second Asian-African conference and that China wanted the conference to bolster solidarity rather than be a place for argument.
    "Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'The Premier's Discussion with the Indonesian Ambassadors on Convening the Second Afro-Asian Conference'," April 10, 1957, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 107-00250-06, 50. Translated by Jeffrey Wang. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114820
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Sent to: Egypt and Syria

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Approved by: Dong Yueqian

Already send to: [Zhou] Enlai, Chen Yun, [Peng] Dehuai, Chen Yi, [Xi] Zhongxun, [Yang] Shangkun, [Wang] Jiaxiang, [Li] Kenong, Central Propaganda Department, Investigation Department, Zhang, Zhang, Ji, Liu, Qiao, office, Asia Department, Asia Africa Department, Journalism Department, Research Center.

Content: The Premier's [Zhou Enlai] Discussion with the Indonesian Ambassadors on Convening the Second Afro-Asian Conference

To the [Chinese] Embassies in Egypt and Syria:

On 13 March, the Premier met the Indonesian Ambassador to discuss the convening of the Second Afro-Asian Conference. The Premier said at the time: approval should be sought for after the Kuala Lumpur countries bring forth suggestions and agreement from related countries is obtained. The premise for preparing for the Second Afro-Asian Conference is that all the countries that participated in the first conference can make it; and there must be even more countries. [Countries] such as Morocco and Tunisia. If the number of participating countries is very small then we would rather wait for a bit. Secondarily, the Second Afro-Asian Conference is beneficial to solidarity; [we] do not want the conference to become a place for arguments. Special report.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

10 April 1957