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October 31, 1958

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

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    Mao sends instructions to halt the shelling of Jinmen Island on even-numbered days, but continue it on odd-numbered days.
    "Letter, Mao Zedong to Zhou Enlai, Chen Yi, Huang Kecheng," October 31, 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), 479. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117024
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Comrades [Zhou] Enlai, Chen Yi, and [Huang] Kecheng:

[We] should extend the areas where no shelling is allowed on even-numbered days.  That means shelling will be prohibited on even days on all fronts.  Allow Jiang’s troops to come outdoors and get some sunshine so that they can continue to stay there.  Only fire a few shells on odd days.  Instruct the Fujian [front] by internal channels to carry it out.  Do not issue public statement at this point.  If there is a need later, [we] will consider making an announcement then.  Please discuss and decide on this matter.

I am leaving for a southern trip this afternoon.

Mao Zedong

2:00 A.M., 31 October [1958]

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