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October 24, 1962

CABLE FROM THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY, 'INSTRUCTIONS ON ISSUING A STATEMENT TO SUPPORT CUBA'

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    A plan from the Chinese Foreign Ministry office to distribute a postition statement to various press outlets regarding the situation of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
    "Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Instructions on Issuing a Statement to Support Cuba'," October 24, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 111-00595-08, 1. Translated by Zhang Qian. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/115145
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Instructions on Issuing a Statement to Support Cuba

In accordance with Premier’s [Zhou Enlai’s] instruction, we have drafted a government statement in support of Cuba. This statement is planned to be broadcast on the morning of the 25th of October, and to appear in the newspaper of the day. Prior to the broadcast, it is planned that copies of the statement, in Chinese and in foreign languages, will be distributed by the news division [of the foreign ministry] among journalists of each country in Beijing, and handed by the American-Australian division [of the foreign ministry] to the Cuban embassy in China. Please examine and instruct whether [this plan] is feasible.

Foreign Ministry

24 October 1962

Comments by Qiao Guanhua, 24 October 1962:

Please send [copies] to Geng [Biao], Zhang [Hanfu], Marshal Chen [Yi], and Premier [Zhou Enlai] for examination.

Comments by Zhou Enlai, 25 October 1962:

Send [copies] to the Foreign Ministry and the office of Xinhua News Agency