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April 04, 1960

CABLE FROM THE CHINESE INTERIOR MINISTRY BENEFITS BUREAU, 'REPLY TO THE LETTER CONCERNING HOW TO HANDLE BENEFITS FOR CHINESE CITIZEN DEMOBILIZED FORMER KOREAN PEOPLE’S ARMY SOLDIERS HOLDING VALID KOREAN DEMOBILIZATION DOCUMENTS WHO CAME TO CHINA'

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    The Interior Ministry weighs on the proposed benefits for Chinese Koreans who formerly served in the North Korean army during the Korean War.
    "Cable from the Chinese Interior Ministry Benefits Bureau, 'Reply to the Letter concerning how to Handle Benefits for Chinese Citizen Demobilized Former Korean People’s Army Soldiers Holding Valid Korean Demobilization Documents who Came to China'," April 04, 1960, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, PRC FMA 118-00942-11, 50. Translated by David Cowhig. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/188174
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Ministry of the Interior Benefits Bureau

Reply to the Letter concerning How to Handle Benefits for Chinese Citizen Demobilized Former Korean People’s Army Soldiers Holding Valid Korean Demobilization Documents who Came to China by Crossing the International Border Illegally

(60) Interior Benefits No. 35

To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consular Affairs Department:

We received your Consular First Department No. 6/21 letter dated March 18, 1960 together with attached report from the Chinese Embassy in Korea (60) Korea Consular No. 002 dated February 12.

With regards to the suggestion from the Korean side on resolving the issue of benefits for Chinese citizens who are demobilized soldiers of the Korean People’s Army holding valid Korean documents who illegally crossed the Chinese border, we agree with the suggestion of the Chinese Embassy in Korea that the issue be resolved in the spirit of Interior Ministry (59) Benefits No. 254 “Reply to the Suggestion of the Korean Side that Veteran’s Benefits be Provided to Chinese Citizen Korean Nationality Soldiers of the Korean People’s Army Returning to China Who Had Been Prisoners of War” .

If your Department approves this response to the Chinese Embassy in Korea and to the concerned Foreign Affairs Offices, please copy the Civil Affairs Offices of Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang Provinces to assist them to use this as a reference in handling this matter.

Attachments: Responses (one each) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Consular Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Korea (copy to the departments on the distribution)

April 4, 1960

[seal] Ministry of the Interior Benefits Bureau

Distribution: Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang Civil Affairs Bureaux