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November 02, 1958

LETTER, MAO ZEDONG TO ZHOU ENLAI, CHEN YI, HUANG KECHENG

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    Mao suggests resuming the bombardment of Jinmen Island on November 3, 1958.
    "Letter, Mao Zedong to Zhou Enlai, Chen Yi, Huang Kecheng," November 02, 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), 490. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117021
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Comrades [Zhou] Enlai, Chen Yi, and [Huang] Kecheng:

Suggest having a heavy all day shelling tomorrow (the 3rd, an odd day).  Fire at least 10,000 shells and bomb all the military targets [on Jinmen] in order to affect America’s election, promoting the Democrats’ victory and the Republicans’ defeat.  Meanwhile, give Jiang’s troops an excuse for refusing to withdraw [from Jinmen].  Please consider and decide if this is proper.

Mao Zedong

5:00 A.M., 2 November in Zhengzhou

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