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November 05, 1962

CABLE FROM THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY, 'INSTRUCTION TO DIPLOMATIC POSTS ON HOW TO EXPRESS ATTITUDE IN RESPONSE TO KHRUSHCHEV’S LETTERS'

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    Instruction to from the Chinese Foreign Ministry to the Embassy in Yugoslavia (and all other embassies) asking them to avoid commenting directly on the exchange of letters between Kennedy and Khrushchev, but positively indicate China's support for Cuba’s struggle.
    "Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Instruction to Diplomatic Posts on How to Express Attitude in Response to Khrushchev’s Letters'," November 05, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 111-00601-05, 9-10. Translated by Zhang Qian. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/115104
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Embassy in Yugoslavia along with all other embassies and consulates,

[We] have received the two cables, respectively sent on 29 October [1962] and 1 November [1962].

In our external activities, when asked for opinions towards two letters from [Nikita] Khrushchev, respectively on 27 October and 28 October, to [John F.] Kennedy, don’t directly indicate the attitude. [You] could refer to our government statement on 25 October, Comrade Peng Zhen’s speech on 28 October ([in] Renmin Ribao, 29 [October]), the note from Foreign Minister Chen [Yi] to the Cuban chargé d’affaires in China (in Renmin Ribao, 2 November), the spirit of the two editorials of Renmin Ribao, respectively 31 October and 5 November. Positively indicate our position of firmly supporting Cuba’s struggle.

[Chinese] Foreign Ministry

5 November 1962