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April 20, 1961

CABLE FROM THE CHINESE EMBASSY IN THE SOVIET UNION, 'RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CURRENT SITUATION'

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    "Cable from the Chinese Embassy in the Soviet Union, 'Recommendations based on Developments in the Current Situation'," April 20, 1961, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 109-02240-04. Translated by Lucy Song. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/122257
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Telegram received by the [Chinese] Central Committee

Telegram From: the Soviet Union

Extremely Urgent

No. (61) 561

Ministry of Foreign Affairs 4th department No. 42

Recommendations based on Developments in the Current Situation

To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Comrade [Li] Fuchun:

Copy [Chinese] Central Committee:

Following the American imperialist’s invasion of Cuba, the contradictions between the Soviet Union and the United States have started to intensify. This might lead to more progress in the fight against American imperialism, providing an opportune time [for China] to further strengthen Sino-Soviet unity and to encourage the Soviet Union to intensify its fight against American imperialism. With regards to the current situation, it is possible to reconsider the signing issue from the economic and scientific talks; if it is possible to invite the Vice Premier to sign this in Moscow and to publicize this signing in a communiqué, it could strengthen Sino-Soviet relations, bolster enthusiasm for the international struggle against American imperialism, and reveal the imperialist conspiracy to sever Sino-Soviet relations. Simultaneously, this could be an opportunity to informally exchange ideas regarding the current with the Soviet leadership, and to motivate the Soviet Union [to intensify its fight against imperialist America].

Additionally, with regards to the development of the current situation, it is also possible to consider inviting Comrade Brezhnev to visit China ahead of schedule.

Consider the recommendations above as references.

[Chinese] Embassy in the Soviet Union

20 April 1961