January 17, 1950
Telegram, Mao Zedong to Liu Shaoqi
Comrade [Liu] Shaoqi:
(1) In response to the Vietnamese Government's request to establish diplomatic relations [with us], we should consent to it and give it our reply immediately. I have drafted a reply. Please broadcast it tomorrow (the 18th), while at the same time telegraphing it to Ho Chi Minh by internal radio transmitter.
(2) Our foreign ministry should pass the Vietnamese Government's statement requesting establishing diplomatic relations with foreign countries to the Soviet Union and the other new democratic countries.
10:00 p.m., 17 January 
Mao Zedong announces that the People's Republic of China will recognize Ho Chi Minh's government in northern Vietnam.
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