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June 15, 1954

SUMMARY, ZHOU ENLAI'S PRESENTATION AT A MEETING OF THE CHINESE, SOVIET, AND VIETNAMESE DELEGATIONS

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    Zhou Enlai states that under the current situation the communist side should make concessions on the Laos and Cambodia questions so that the conference will continue. Additionally he sees the key issue in the negotiation now is whether to acknowledge that there are Vietnamese troops in the two countries.
    "Summary, Zhou Enlai's presentation at a meeting of the Chinese, Soviet, and Vietnamese delegations," June 15, 1954, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Zhou Enlai nianpu, 1949-1976, vol. 1, pp. 383-384. Translated for CWIHP by Chen Jian. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121153
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Under the current circumstances, our side should make some concession on the Laos and Cambodia questions in accordance with our established policies, so that the conference will continue, and that the ways through which agreements can be achieved will be identified. The key issue in the negotiation now is whether to acknowledge that there are Vietnamese troops in the two countries. Therefore it is appropriate [for our side] to use the concession of acknowledging the existence of Vietnamese troops in Laos and Cambodia to exchange for compensation on the issue of dividing zones in Vietnam.