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September 10, 1958

TELEGRAM, MAO ZEDONG TO HO CHI MINH

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    Mao informs Ho Chi Minh that he should not be concerned by the Chinese bombardment of Jinmen Island, as "the Americans are afraid of fighting a war."
    "Telegram, Mao Zedong to Ho Chi Minh," September 10, 1958, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi, ed., Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao (Mao Zedong’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the People’s Republic of China), vol. 7 (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 1992), 413. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117016
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Comrade Chairman Ho [Chi Minh]:

Your letter of 8 September [1958] has been received.  Thank you.

I believe that: (1) the Americans are afraid of fighting a war.  As far as the current situation is concerned, it is highly unlikely that a big war will break out; and (2) it seems to me that the business in your country should go on as usual.

Mao Zedong

10 September 1958

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