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June 17, 1961

ANNEX #1 TO 'SUMMARY OF MEETING BETWEEN AMBASSADOR TO ARAB STATES KIESEWETTER AND GENERAL SECRETARY BELHOCINE AND HEAD OF BUREAU WAKER'

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    "Annex #1 to 'Summary of Meeting between Ambassador to Arab States Kiesewetter and General Secretary Belhocine and Head of Bureau Waker'," June 17, 1961, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Dossier 47/04/01; Fond: GPRA, 1958-62; Archives Nationales d’Algérie, Alger. Translated from French and transcribed by Pierre Asselin, with Paulina Kostrzewski. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121594
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Annex #1

Among the contentious issues between the USSR and Western countries is the admission of China to the United Nations. The interest of the Chinese government in the Algerian revolution warrants that we closely follow China’s foreign policy and the dispositions of Westerners toward it. It is undeniable that there is a close relationship between China’s firm commitment to assist colonial countries fighting for their independence and its intransigence toward imperialist countries and the political ostracism it has been subjected to. This means that Soviet success in getting China recognized and accepted at the UN could lead to the disengagement of China from the Algerian problem. If this prospect is not obvious presently, the GPRA cannot exclude it in the future, because the only way for France to preclude further Chinese involvement in support of African countries is to normalize its relations with Beijing. Also, we should proceed to quickly appoint a Chief of Mission to Beijing and create an irreversible situation which would make more difficult the suspension of Sino-Algerian relations.