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September 19, 1958

LETTER, MAO ZEDONG TO ZHOU ENLAI

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    Mao responds to a letter from Zhou Enlai summarizing the Chinese-American ambassadorial meeting in Warsaw September 15 on the Taiwan Strait crisis.
    "Letter, Mao Zedong to Zhou Enlai," September 19, 1958, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Mao Zedong waijiao wenxuan (Selected Works of Mao Zedong on Diplomacy) (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 1994), 353. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117020
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Comrade [Zhou] Enlai:

Your letter dated the night of the 18th has been received.  It is indeed very good. [I am] very happy after reading it since [we] have gained the initiative.  Please take due actions immediately.  Please also pass your letter and my reply here at once to Comrades Wang Bingnan and Ye Fei.  Make sure that they understand [the key to] our new policy and new tactics is holding the initiative, keeping the offensive, and remaining reasonable.  We must conduct our diplomatic struggle from a far-sighted perspective so that it will develop without any difficulty.

Mao Zedong

4:00 A.M., 19 September, Hefei