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December 8, 1950

Letter from Zhou Enlai to Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, Zhu De, and Chen Yun

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Chairman [Mao Zedong] and Liu [Shaoqi], Zhu [De], Chen [Yun]:


Last night, in accordance with instructions, I gave Roshchin [a telegram] of five articles.  He has just replied with a telegram.  Filippov’s telegram agrees with the Chairman’s thinking: delaying without laying [our] cards on the table is the best plan.  Fortunately, the Chairman stopped yesterday’s telegram from being sent out.  Now today’s telegram is drafted as a new document, please check/approve and send.


Returned, Zhou Enlai

Six o’clock, December 8 [1950]


Zhou Enlai reports on Soviet replies to telegrams from the Chinese side.


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Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi (CPC Central Historical Documents Research Office) and Zhongyang dang'anguan (Central Archives), eds., Jianguo yilai Zhou Enlai wengao (Zhou Enlai’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the PRC), vol. 3 (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 2008), 606. Translated by Jingxia Yang and Douglas Stiffler.


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