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July 31, 1955

CABLE FROM MA LIE TO ZHANG WENTIAN

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    Ma Lie asks Zhang Wentian to form a “special supervisory group” for the Sino-American ambassadorial talks.
    "Cable from Ma Lie to Zhang Wentian," July 31, 1955, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 111-00009-03, 48. Obtained and translated by Yafeng Xia. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/120387
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[To] Deputy Minister Zhang [Wentian],

I was on duty the previous night and the Premier [Zhou Enlai] asked me to relay to you two things [sic]:

First, please appoint a “special supervisory group” for negotiations at Geneva. Comrade Ling Yun from the Ministry of Public Security should be included. Please inform the Premier after you have decided on a list of names. The special supervisory group should envision various situations and propose plans [for the Sino-American ambassadorial talks]. Comrades Zhang Yan and Pu Shouchang may attend the meetings of the group on a rotating basis.

Second, please propose separate settlement plans for each of the US nationals in the four different categories, including the convicted Americans.

Third, regarding the Sino-American talks at Geneva, please make arrangements for propaganda work.

With best regards,

Ma Lie

In the early morning of the 31st of July