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October 6, 1958

Letter, Mao Zedong to Huang Kecheng and Peng Dehuai

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Peng [Dehuai] and Huang [Kecheng]:


Please pass on to Han [Xianchu] and Ye [Fei]:


Yesterday I said not to issue any public statement, and to wait and see for two days.  Later [I] thought about this again, and considered it more appropriate to issue a statement first.  This is the reason for [me to write] the “Message to the Compatriots in Taiwan.”  This statement is about to be issued, please instruct the Fujian Front radio station to broadcast it repeatedly.


Mao Zedong

2:00 A.M., 6 October


Send this to [Huang] Kecheng for handling immediately.



Mao decides to broadcast a statement to Taiwan about the shelling of Jinmen Island.


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Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi, ed., Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao (Mao Zedong’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the People’s Republic of China), vol. 7 (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 1992), 437.


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