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March 29, 1961

MEMORANDUM OF CONVERSATION, CHINESE PREMIER ZHOU ENLAI RECEIVES SOVIET AMBASSADOR TO CHINA STEPAN CHERVONENKO

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    Chervonenko informed Zhou Enlai of the Indian invitation and the Soviet Union's decision to send its delegation to the Indian Communist Party's Sixth Congress
    "Memorandum of Conversation, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai Receives Soviet Ambassador to China Stepan Chervonenko ," March 29, 1961, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 109-02242-15. Obtained by Sulmaan Khan and translated by Anna Beth Keim. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114927
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[Stepan] Chervonenko: In accordance with the Soviet Communist Party’s request [for me to do this task], please allow me to use this opportunity to inform you of the following, and please relay it to the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee:

The Soviet Communist Party Central Committee received a written invitation from the Indian Communist Party to send a Soviet Communist delegation to their Sixth Congress, which will be held from 6-17 April this year [1961].  We assumed that other fraternal parties would receive a similar invitation.  The Party Central Committee has already accepted the invitation, and has organized a Soviet Communist Party delegation, to be led by Comrade [Mikhail] Suslov.

Premier Zhou [Enlai]: Thank you for giving notice. We already know about the matter.

Chervonenko: Has it already been confirmed who will participate from China?

Premier Zhou: We haven’t yet discussed this question.  After it is confirmed, we will inform you.