The Chinese Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee reports that Chinese experts in ivory and wood carving will "not be able to be sent" to Mali in 1964.
October 20, 1964
Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Mali, ‘Regarding the Matter of Sending a Carving Expert'
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Cable Received by the Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee
[Would the] Relevant Department Please Handle [this Matter]
From [the Embassy in] Mali
Foreign [Culture Committee] Received [Document] #47
Regarding the Matter of Sending a Carving Expert
To the Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee:
The Commissioner of the Malian General Administration of Advanced Arts [Training for] Youth [and I] discussed [the following]: Last year President [Seydou] Keita requested that Chinese jewelry and carving experts [come to Mali]. This year the Art Institute has already enrolled a group of professional students (who will split their time between studying and production). If the Chinese experts do not come, the class will not be able to be started. Therefore, [they are] hopeful that the experts will come. Regarding the question of translation, they said that after [the experts] come [they] can be taught Bambara. As they still hope that an expert can come this year, it would be acceptable to bring a translator who just graduated this year. If it absolutely isn't possible, they would consider having the expert come now and the translator come later. Please promptly [respond] by telegram.
[Chinese] Embassy in Mali
20 October 
Mali asks that Chinese jewelery and carving experts come to the Malian Art Institute.
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