September 10, 1958
Telegram, Mao Zedong to Ho Chi Minh
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Comrade Chairman Ho [Chi Minh]:
Your letter of 8 September  has been received. Thank you.
I believe that: (1) the Americans are afraid of fighting a war. As far as the current situation is concerned, it is highly unlikely that a big war will break out; and (2) it seems to me that the business in your country should go on as usual.
10 September 1958
Mao informs Ho Chi Minh that he should not be concerned by the Chinese bombardment of Jinmen Island, as "the Americans are afraid of fighting a war."
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