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October 30, 1969

NOTE ON A CLUB MEETING OF THE AMBASSADORS AND ACTING AMBASSADORS FROM THE GDR, USSR, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, HUNGARY, POLAND, MONGOLIA AND BULGARIA ON 24 OCTOBER 1969 IN THE USSR EMBASSY

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    A description of China-North Korea relations. Despite alleged troubles between China and North Korea, North Korea continues its close relations with China, as it faces the possibility of war with South Korea.
    "Note on a Club Meeting of the Ambassadors and Acting Ambassadors from the GDR, USSR, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Mongolia and Bulgaria on 24 October 1969 in the USSR Embassy ," October 30, 1969, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PolA AA, MfAA, C 1366/74. Obtained and translated by Bernd Schaefer. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116679
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GDR Embassy to the PR China

Beijing, 30 October 1969

Note

on a Club Meeting of the Ambassadors and Acting Ambassadors from the GDR, USSR, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Mongolia and Bulgaria on 24 October 1969 in the USSR Embassy

[…] [Chinese domestic policy]

On Foreign Policy:

[…]  On Chinese-Korean relations Comrade Chuluunbaatar [Mongolia] reported about a meeting that a Mongolian parliamentary delegation visiting the DPRK in mid-October had with Kim Il Sung. Kim Il Sung said there had been a couple of issues in relations between the DPRK and the PRC. However, the DPRK had acted with patience. In South Korea there are currently one million soldiers in arms trained for a war against the North. The DPRK is prepared as well and ready to fight at any time. The socialist countries must fight jointly against imperialism. In this situation the DPRK had to avoid under all circumstances to have an additional enemy in its back; thus it undertook certain steps to warm up relations with China. Although the PRC did not send a delegation to the DPRK National Day [8 September], the DPRK dispatched a high-ranking delegation to Beijing for the 1st of October [Chinese National Day, Anniversary of PRC Foundation), though deliberately somewhat belatedly.

[…]

[Heribert] Kunz

3rd Secretary

CC

2x Foreign Ministry, Department Far East

1x Embassy