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  • June 04, 1959

    Text of the Letter from Ishibashi Tanzan to the Premier dated 4 June 1959

    Ishibashi Tanzan sent a letter to Zhou Enlai, asking for assistance on the idea that "the People's Republic of China and Japan are to be united as if they are one country to keep peace in Far East and promote world peace, and will base every policy on this principle."

  • June 25, 1959

    The Former Japanese Prime Minister Ishibashi Tanzan Hopes to Visit China to Discuss Sino-Japanese Relations

    Ishibashi Tanzan, the former Japanese Prime Minister, gave a letter to Zhou Enlai, claiming that "the two countries have mutual respect for each other's existing relations with the Soveit Union, the United States, and other countries and do not expect immediate changes."

  • September 12, 1959

    Record of Conversation between Comrade Liao Chengzhi and Ishibashi Tanzan

    During a conversation with Ishibashi Tanzan, Liao Chengzhi claims that the Japanese Prime Minister "did many things that hurt the feelings of the Chinese people," perhaps the first use of this now famous phrase in Chinese foreign policy discourse.

  • September 13, 1959

    Record of the Second Conversation between Comrade Liao Chengzhi and Ishibashi Tanzan

    During a conversation with Ishibashi Tanzan, Liao Chengzhi claimed that "preconditions are needed for further cooperation" to promote Sino-Japanese friendly relations. To eliminate mistrust, Liao Chengzhi asked Japan to abolish the U.S. military bases.

  • September 14, 1959

    Record of the Third Conversation between Comrade Liao Chengzhi and Ishibashi Tanzan

    During a conversation with Liao Chengzhi, Ishibashi Tanzan asked him to "for a friendly Sino-Japanese relationship based on the acknowledgment of the established Japanese-American relations."

  • September 20, 1959

    Communique from the Talks held between Ishibashi Tanzan and Zhou Enlai

    Ishibashi Tanzan met with Zhou Enlai and both agreed that "the peoples of China and Japan should hold hands and contribute to peace in Far East and the world."