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  • May 20, 1961

    Cable from the Chinese Representative Office in the UK, 'Britain’s Reaction to the South Korean Military Coup'

    The Chinese Diplomatic Representative's Office in Britain reports that the US had no prior intelligence about the South Korean military coup, which the British public believes to be a result of repression under Jang Myeon and growing corruption rather than American interference. While Britain doubts that the coup clique will be able to run South Korea, it has no power to intervene because South Korea falls within the United States' 'sphere of influence.'