In the course of the discussion the matter of the proposed purge by the Chinese government of foreigners in Manchuria was raised. Luo Ruiqing said that the Chinese government intends to purge a series of regions of the country of unreliable elements: Manchuria, Qingdao, and Beijing. In the course of two years from these regions all foreigners of imperialist states will be deported. It’s more difficult to address the matter of local Soviet citizens. Among these local Soviet citizens there are dispersed columns of openly and secretly hostile elements, who have conducted in the past or carry on now espionage activities against the USSR and the Chinese People’s Republic.
May 24, 1951
Memorandum of Conversation, Soviet Ambassador to China N.V. Roshchin with Indian Ambassador K.M. Panikkar, 3 May 1951
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From the diary of
Completely Secret, Copy no. 3
24 May 1951, no. 80
MEMORANDUM OF CONVERSATION
USSR Ambassador in the PRC, N.V. Roshchin with Indian Ambassador [K.M.] Panikkar, 3 May 1951
On 3 May I was present at a reception of the Indian ambassador Panikkar. At the reception many different representatives were present. During the reception Panikkar in conversation with me expressed his great frustration over his difficult situation regarding the export of grain from China. He informed me that in the current situation in India there is no way to produce the quantity of grain that they could receive from China. Panikkar was not interested in any other questions, and his attention the entire evening was riveted on the Czechoslovaks. It is necessary to note that if only one or two people were invited from the embassy, from Czechoslovakia there were present the ambassador, an adviser, a correspondent, and an entire trade delegation. This trade delegation was the primary focus of interest and conversation on the part of Panikkar and his embassy apparatus. It is worth mentioning that the ambassador, his staff, and all the members of the trade delegation in the course of that evening or the following two days refrained from mentioning a word about Panikkar’s conversation with the trade delegation.
From among the diplomatic representatives of the democratic countries [the socialist bloc countries] there was complete suspicion about why there was such significant attention from the Indians paid to the Czechoslovaks.
On 3 May Roshchin was at a reception of the Indian ambassador Panikkar. At the reception many different representatives were present. During the reception Panikkar expressed his great frustration over his difficult situation regarding the export of grain from China, and informed that in the current situation in India there is no way to produce the quantity of grain that they could receive from China. There was given special attention to the Czechoslovak representatives and trade delegation.
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