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November 26, 1962

CABLE FROM LI QIANGFEN, 'CHARGE D’AFFAIRES LI PRESENTED THE PREMIER’S LETTER FROM THE 11TH'

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    Abdullah as-Sallal expresses support for China in the Sino-Indian Border Conflict and asks for Chinese economic assistance.
    "Cable from Li Qiangfen, 'Charge d’Affaires Li Presented the Premier’s Letter from the 11th'," November 26, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 107-00987-10, 21. Translated by Joanna Wenjie Zhang. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121608
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Charge d’Affaires Li Presented the Premier’s Letter from the 11th

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Chen:

The telegram from 11 November [1962] was received. I have already personally presented Premier Zhou’s [Enlai] telegram to Prime Minister Abdullah as-Sallal and the statement of our government from 24 October. After reading Prime Minister Zhou’s letter, he [Sallal] stated: “I have always supported you; the border dispute between India and China should be dealt with through friendly measures; I hope to see that China and India will be able to unite their forces in order to fight against American and British imperialism.” After I explained the truth of the border dispute to him, he said: “I will write to Premier Zhou and Prime Minister Nehru.” “We are on your side.” I realized that he was very busy (many department heads were waiting to see him), so we ended our conversation. Lastly, he said: “We have a very high unemployment rate now; I hope the construction of textile mills, which your country has been contributing to, will be ready to open soon, this is a very important matter.”

Li Qiangfen

16 November 1962