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acclaimed in Beijing. According to one biographer, the Chinese had been right all along. Therefore, Khrushchev's failure to shore up Sino-Soviet relations was greeted as a foreign policy errors were not criticized at the top party victory over revisionism by the CCP leadership who
forum. turned out in force to welcome Deng back from Moscow." In China the same logic worked the other way around. He was also the leader of the group of speechwriters that Mao Zedong may well have cleverly decided to direct the drafted CCP letters, probably including the ones criticizing energy of his potential critics, Deng Xiaoping and Liu the test ban. 52 Salisbury concludes that Deng's ideologi- Shaoqi, for external, foreign policy use. Deng Xiaoping cal exploits in Moscow (he mentions only one in Novem- must have been critical of Mao's exercise of power and his ber 1957) earned him Mao's gratitude and a relatively mild disastrous "great leap forward.” Since 1960 he and Liu treatment during the Cultural Revolution. If this version is expressed an inclination to oppose the leftist economic true, then Deng Xiaoping proved his credentials as a loyal experiments of the Chairman. But in foreign policy Deng subordinate of Mao Zedong and demonstrated his ability enthusiastically shared Mao's goal to strive for China's to work very successfully together with the Chairman in equality in the communist camp. As a delegation head, the area of foreign policy.53
Deng Xiaoping must have been held on an extremely short But does it mean that the "little terrier” had the same leash by Mao. In any case, Deng's personal role in views on Stalin, Stalinism and international relations as implementing the Sino-Soviet split made him a committed Mao Zedong? There is a more complex explanation of advocate of this policy. According to his biographer, Deng's role. According to recent revelations of Dr. Li during the early 1980s, when Mao's role in the politics of Zhisui, Mao's personal physician, Deng Xiaoping, as well the PRC was being reassessed, Deng was “at great pains to as Liu Shaoqi, lost Mao's trust at the Eighth CCP Congress stress that Mao Zedong's policy in foreign affairs had been in September 1956, when they spoke too fervently about correct and highly successful.":56 the impossibility of any cult of personality in China.54
This must be a missing part in the explanation why, in Mao Zedong considered Deng a politician with a great 1956-1963, the reformer of contemporary China had been future (as he told Khrushchev in November 1957) and the central figure fighting de-Stalinization and reform in considerable political ambitions. However, in the atmo- the Soviet Union, instead of being a reform-minded sphere of power struggle and Mao's emerging dictatorship analyst of the damages that Stalin and the logic of his this praise could bring Deng as easily to the gallows as to tyranny had caused to the Soviet Union, China and other the pedestal: Mao, like Stalin before him, had shrinking "socialist" countries.' tolerance for men of political ambition in his immediate vicinity. Therefore, it is only logical that Mao should have watched Deng very keenly and tried to find tasks for him Vladislav Zubok is a senior fellow at the National Security where Deng's energy would have been utilized for Mao's Archive, a non-governmental research institute based at the benefit rather than against his interests. According to this George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is the cologic, Mao Zedong wanted to send Deng to Moscow not author of Inside the Kremlin's Cold War (Harvard University because he particularly trusted his loyalty, but for the
Press, 1995) and a frequent contributor to the Cold War opposite reason, because he wanted to neutralize his
International History Project Bulletin. The author thanks
Professor Chen Jian for his comments on a draft of this paper. potential opposition to his rising cult of personality. To understand this logic, it is perhaps useful to start
1 Harrison E. Salisbury. The New Emperors: China in the Era with the opposite pole, the Soviet one. After 1960 the
of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, (Boston, Little, Brown, Chinese criticism of Khrushchev and his de-Stalinization
1992), pp. 153-154. tied the hands of the Stalinists in Moscow like Suslov.
See on this in the existing biographies: David Bonavia, Deng According to Georgi Arbatov's thoughtful observation Xiaoping (Hong Kong: Longman, 1989), p. 83; David S.G. “from 1962-1964 the Chinese factor weakened the position Goodman, Deng Xiaoping and the Chinese Revolution: A of the Stalinists in the USSR. As it developed, the conflict
Political Biography, (New York: Routledge, 1994), p. 71-73.
3 with China had positive influences on the policy of
The bound copy
of the transcripts of the meeting were found in
the papers of the International Department of the former Socialist Khrushchev, who had been slipping back to Stalinism only
Unity Party (SED) of the GDR in the Bundesarchiv, Berlin. too often since 1962. The debate with the Chinese leaders
(SAPMO Barch JIV 2/207 698, pp. 187-330 is the Russian provided the anti-Stalinists with the opportunity, while
version.) The conference's participants on the Chinese side were, defending our policies, to speak out on many political and besides Deng Xiaoping, Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing and ideological subjects that had lately become taboo.”
secretary of Beijing's Party Organization (Deputy Head of the Actually, when Khrushchev was overthrown at the CC delegation); Kang Sheng, Mao's security specialist and probably Presidium in October 1964, Alexander Shelepin, Secretary his “eyes” and “ears” in the delegation; and Yang Shangkun, of the CC and the former head of the KGB, repeated
long-time head of the CCP's General Office. That was a senior almost verbatim Deng's criticism of the Soviet leader's
“troika,” who had been close to Mao Zedong and knew the
history of Sino-Soviet relations well. Kang Sheng and Yang "two mistakes" during the Cuban missile crisis. Yet, the
Shangkun, like Deng himself, had studied and lived in Moscow. Soviet leaders were too embarrassed to repeat this criti
The delegation also included the head of the All-Chinese cism at the plenum, because it would have implied that the
Federation of Trade Unions Liu Ningyi and two other CC CCP
members, Wu Xiuquan and Pang Zuli. The members of the Soviet delegation were Mikhail Suslov and Leonid Il'ichev, two influential members of the CC CPSU Secretariat in charge of ideology; Viktor Grishin from the Moscow Party Organization; Iurii Andropov, head of the CC International Department (socialist countries); Boris Ponomarev, head of the CC International Department (capitalist countries); Pavel Satiukov, editorin-chief of Pravda; and Stepan Chervonenko, Soviet ambassador in Beijing 4 David Goodman, Deng Xiaoping and the Chinese Revolution, p.55. The book refers to a Chinese source, Liao Yilu, “Deng Xiaoping zai Suliangong ershihao" in Yang Guoyu and Chen Feigin, eds. Ershiba nian jian: cong shizhengwei dao zongshuji (Volume 3), 1992, p. 106 in claiming that Deng Xiaoping “heard" Khrushchev's speech. However, foreign guests were not invited to the last session of the Congress to hear the "secret speech.” 5 Shi Zhe, At the Side of Mao Zedong and Stalin: Shi Zhe's Memoirs, Chapter 14, “De-Stalinization, Poland, Hungary: 1956" (being translated by Chen Jian; quoted with permission). 6 L.W. Gluchowski, “The Struggle Against 'Great Power Chauvinism': CPSU-PUWP Relations and the Roots of the SinoPolish Initiative in September-October 1956, a paper presented at the conference “New Evidence on the Cold War in Asia," January 1996, Hong Kong; Chen Jian, “Beijing and the Hungarian Crisis of 1956,” presented at “International Conference on “Hungary and the World, 1956: The New Archival Evidence,” in Budapest, 26-29 September 1996. 7
Malin Notes, CWIHP Bulletin, no. 8-9 (Winter 1996/97), p. 388 8
The documents from the Polish archives were related in Leo Gluchowski's paper “Poland's 'China Card': Sino-Polish Relations and the Soviet Union, September-October 1956." 9
Chen Jian, “Beijing and the Hungarian Crisis of 1956,"p. 9 10
Malin notes, CWHIP Bulletin, no. 8-9, pp. 389, 393; Shi Zhe, At the side of Mao Zedong and Stalin. 11
“Memuary Nikiti Sergeevicha Khrushcheva," Voprosy istorii, no. 5,(1994), p. 75 12
Malin Notes, Bulletin, p. 392. 13
Quoted in Chen Jian, “Beijing and the Hungarian Crisis of 1956." 14
Malin notes, Bulletin. p. 393. 15
Shi Zhe, At the Side of Mao Zedong and Stalin. 16
“Memuary” Voprosy istorii, no. 5, (1994), pp. 75-76. 17
Stenographic Report of the Meeting of the Delegations of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party of China, 5-20 July 1963, Moscow, part 1, 8 July, p. 75. The transcripts in Russian were sent by the CC CPSU to the leadership of the SED in the GDR, which translated them into German, although with some excisions. SAPMO Barch, DY 301, JIV 21 201, Akt 697. 18
Stenographic Report of the Meeting, p. 73 19
Stenographic Report of the Meeting, p. 75 20
Stenographic Report of the Meeting, pp. 117-118. 21 “Posledniaia antipartiinaia gruppa [The last anti-party group), Minutes of the June 1957 Plenum of the CC CPSU, June 24," Istoricheskii arkhiv, no. 4, (1993), p. 12. 22
Report, “My Observation on the Soviet Union," Zhou Enlai to Mao Zedong and the CCP Leadership, 24 January 1957 trans. by Zhang Shuguang and Chen Jian, Bulletin, 6-7 (Winter 1995/ 96); p. 154. 23
Minutes, Conversation between Mao Zedong and Ambassador Iudin, 22 July 1958, trans. by Zhang Shu Guang and Chen
Jian, Bulletin no. 6-7, 24
Salisbury, The New Emperors, p. 156. 25
Stenographic Report of the Meeting of the Delegations of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party of China, 5-20 July 1963, pp. 79, 91. 26
Stenographic Report, p. 142. To strengthen his arguments, Suslov cited interesting statistics on Soviet military and economic assistance to the PRC. “The 24 defense enterprises built with the technical assistance of the Soviet Union were the basis for the creation of corresponding branches of Chinese industry. Another 33 defense enterprises are being built. At one time, 60 infantry divisions were equipped with arms and militarytechnical property supplied from the USSR, and from 1955-1956 the modernization of the Chinese army with more modern types of armaments and materiel was carried out. In past years our country has given the PRC a large quantity of technical and technological documentation by which China was able to organize the production of the MIG-17, MIG-19, MIG-21-F, and TU-16 airplanes, MI-4 helicopters, “air-to-air,” “ground-to-air," "ground-to-ground," "air-to-ground," and "ship-to-ground" missiles, naval materiel, submarines, and fast boats of various types. The Soviet Union helped the PRC develop the basis of a nuclear industry.” Stenographic Report, p. 141 27 Memo of conversation with General secretary of the CC CCP, member of the Politburo of the CC CCP Deng Xiaoping, received at the CC on 6 June 1960. I am grateful to Odd Arne Westad and to the Cold War International History Project for bringing this and a number of other Chervonenko-Deng memcons to my attention. ( Ed. note : Six are presented in this section of this Bulletin.) 28 Political letter of the embassy of the USSR in the PRC for the second quarter of 1960 (no date recorded in my personal notes), TsKhSD, f. 5, op. 49, d. 340, 1. 133. 29 Kozlov's report at the CC CPSU Plenum, 13 July 1960, TSKHSD, f. 2, op. 1, d. 458, 1. 10. 30
Stenographic Report of the Meeting, p. 93. 31
Report of Suslov to the CC CPSU Plenum, 10-18 October 1961, p. 34. 32 Kurze Wiedergabe der Verhandlungen, die zwischen einer Delegation der KPDSU mit einer Delegation der KP Chinas gefuehrt wurden, 17 September 1960, SAPMO Barch, JIV 2/ 202-280. The author thanks Christian Ostermann and David Wolff of the CWIHP for sharing this information. (Ed. Note : CWIHP, in turn, thanks Dr. Tim Trampedach of the Free University - Berlin for his aid in obtaining this document.) 33 Kurze Wiedergabe, pp. 7, 13 34 Kurze Wiedergabe, p. 14 35 Kurze Wiedergabe, pp. 17, 31-32
Report of Suslov, pp. 38, 40-41.
Report of Suslov, p. 53. 38
Report of Suslov, pp. 72-73. 39
For this chronology and the Soviet semi-official view of the consultations, see O.B. Borisov, B.T. Koloskov, Sino-Soviet Relations, 1945-1973: A Brief History (Moscow : Progress, 1975), pp. 203-208. 40
See, e.g., compilations of Peter Berton, The Chinese-Russian Dialogue of 1963. A Collection of Letters Exchanged Between the Communist Parties of China and the Soviet Union and Related Documents. (School of International Relations, University of Southern California, 1963). 41
Georgi Arbatov, The System : An Insider's Life in Soviet Politics (New York: Random House, 1992), pp. 97-98. 42
Stenographic Report, pp. 293-295.
43 Ibid, pp. 73, 75 44 Ibid, p. 178 45 Ibid, p. 106 46 “Kak snimali Khrushcheva (How Khrushchev was deposed), the materials of the Plenum of the CC CPSU, 14 October 1964, Istoricheskii arkhiv, no. 1 (1993), p. 10. 47 Glenn T. Seaborg with Benjamin S. Loeb, Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Test Ban (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981), p. 239. 48 Kohler to the Department of State, Moscow, July 18 and July 19, 1963, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961 - 1963, vol. VII: Arms Control and Disarmament, (Washington, GPO,
1995), pp. 808 and 814. I am thankful to James Hershberg and William Burr for bringing these documents to my attention. 49
Stenographic Report, pp. 251-252. 50 Ibid, p. 90 51 Borisov, Koloskov, op. cit., p. 226 52 David Goodman, op. cit., p. 73 53 This is Goodman's conclusion. op. cit., p. 64 54
Li Zhisui, The Private Life of Chairman Mao: The Memoirs of Mao's Private Physician (New York, Random House, 1994). 55
Arbatov, The System, p. 95. 56 Goodman, op. cit.,
Deng Xiaoping, Mao's “Continuous Revolution,” and the Path toward the
Sino-Soviet Split: A Rejoinder
By Chen Jian
eng Xiaoping is a legendary figure in the political history of modern China. During the Cultural
Revolution (1966-1976), Mao Zedong twice purged him, but did not destroy him (as the Chinese Chairman did to Liu Shaoqi, China's second most important leader from 1949 to 1966, who died in disgrace in 1969). Early in 1973, after Deng had been absent from China's political scene for more than six years, Mao pardoned him and brought him back to China's decisionmaking inner circle. Three years later, when Deng was again expelled from the Party's Politburo and Central Committee due to his alleged "unchanged reactionary attitude” toward the Cultural Revolution, he retained his Party membership and was never exposed to physical torture by the “revolutionary masses.” He would reemerge and eventually become China's paramount leader after Mao's death in 1976.
It is apparent that Deng Xiaoping's purge and survival during the Cultural Revolution were primarily Mao's work. But Deng's image in Mao's mind must have been extremely complicated, otherwise his experience would not have been so tortuous. While it will take a much more comprehensive study to reconstruct the relationship between Deng and Mao, thanks to available Chinese sources one thing is certain: both Deng's purge and survival were related to Mao's changing memories of the role he played in promoting or resisting the Chairman's grand enterprise of continuous revolution aimed at, among other things, preventing a Soviet-style “capitalist restoration" from happening in China.
Indeed, the "Soviet factor” played a crucial role in determining Deng Xiaoping's political fate during the Cultural Revolution. If the causes of his downfall were
symbolized in the label placed on him of "China's Second Largest Khrushchev," one of the main reasons for his reemergence could be found in the fact that Mao again remembered that Deng was once an “anti-Soviet revisionist" hero. On 14 August 1972, less than one year after the death of Marshal Lin Biao, Mao's designated successor during the Cultural Revolution, who then betrayed Mao in 1971, Mao commented on a letter Deng wrote to him about ten days earlier: “After we entered the cities, it is not true to say that he [Deng Xiaoping] has done nothing that is good. For example, he led the (CCP) delegation to Moscow to negotiate [with the Soviets). He did not yield to the pressure of the Soviet revisionists. I have talked about this many times in the past. Now I want to repeat it once more.” 1
The transcripts of the meetings in Moscow between Chinese and Soviet Party delegations in July 1963 will help us to understand why Mao's memory of Deng's experience of “not yielding to the Soviet revisionists" was so persistent. Deng, simply put, was a fighter. As shown by the meeting transcripts, he fully believed that truth was on the side of the Chinese Communists. Indeed, as far as the mentalities of the two sides are concerned, the Chinese exuded a strong sense of superiority. If for half a century the Chinese Communists had been willing to accept Moscow's dominant position in the international communist movement, in 1963 they acted in accordance with a different underlying assumption. They obviously believed that Beijing, rather than Moscow, should play the leadership role in the world proletarian revolution. Deng Xiaoping's passionate performance indicated his seemingly wholehearted embrace of this belief.
The divergence between Beijing and Moscow, as
reflected in the transcripts, was certainly substantive. Mao and Khrushchev in particular. While de-Stalinization was Khrushchev's most important In his essay, Vladislav Zubok has convincingly achievement as the Soviet party's first secretary, Mao and demonstrated that Khrushchev fully understood how the CCP leadership claimed that “Khrushchev had com- intimately the legitimacy of his leadership role within the pletely renounced such a sword as Stalin and had thrown it Soviet party and state was interconnected with the Soviet away, allowing the enemy to seize it and to kill us."2
party's position in the world proletarian revolution. In While the Soviet leadership believed in the utility of other words, Khrushchev fully understood that his domespursuing détente with the West, the Chinese leaders
tic programs, as well as his own position as the Soviet emphasized that the socialist camp must stick to revolu- Party's top leader, had to be justified by maintaining and tionary principles and should have no illusions regarding enhancing Moscow's continuous dominance of the the evil intentions of Western imperialist countries. While international communist movement. the Soviets pointed out that the danger involved in a
In the case of China, Mao's criticism of “Soviet nuclear war could never be exaggerated, Mao and his revisionism” was an integral part of his constant efforts to comrades were unconvinced by the Soviet emphasis on the enhance his "continuous revolution” as a dominant theme destructive effect of nuclear slaughter, and argued that of China's political and social life. This was particularly communists all over the world should not shrink from true after 1958, when the disastrous consequences of the revolution because of the concerns about triggering a "Great Leap Forward" began to result in an ever increasing nuclear war.
division among top Chinese leaders, while at the same But what really distanced Beijing from Moscow was time breaking up the myth of Mao's “eternal correctness.” not just the divergence over these issues concerning
The criticism of "Soviet revisionism" provided Mao with strategy and policy. The debates between Chinese and an effective weapon to combine his need to create momenSoviet communists focused on two more fundamental and tum for continuous transformation of China's party, state interrelated issues: how to define “equality” and how to and society with one of the Chinese revolution's ultimate interpret history.
goals-reviving China's central position in the internaThe "equality" question had been a staple of conversa- tional community through establishing China's centrality tions between top Chinese and Soviet leaders since the in the international communist movement. mid-1950s. As a general tendency, the Chinese leaders
Under these circumstances, "equality" was given a became increasingly accustomed to accusing the Soviets of meaning much more complicated than what may be having failed to treat other fraternal parties, including the obtained in a superficial reading of the word. In actuality, Chinese party, as equals. The Soviet leaders, on the other each side talked about “equality” with an assumption that hand, used every opportunity to defend their own behavior, they were superior to the other. For Mao and his Chinese arguing that although Moscow, for historical reasons, had comrades, talking about "equality" meant that they played a central role in the international communist occupied a position from which to dictate the values and movement, it never intentionally treated other parties as codes of behavior that would dominate relations between inferior.
communist parties and states. This fundamental assumpSuch differences over remembering and interpreting tion made Beijing's conflict with Moscow inevitable. the past drove almost every meeting between top Chinese Deng Xiaoping was assigned the task in 1963 of and Soviet leaders in the late 1950s and early 1960s into leading the Chinese delegation to Moscow for several an extensive review of history. Indeed, the Chinese
reasons. The most obvious one was that he had long been leaders, especially Mao, had endeavored to cite historical known within the CCP as a talented leader, who was able cases to argue that the Soviets (since the years of Stalin to use concise language to effectively argue on compliand continuing after Stalin's death) had mistakenly cated issues. As Zubok documents in his essay, the other interfered with the internal affairs of the Chinese party and reason was that by 1963 he was a veteran in representing the Chinese Communist state, as well as many other the CCP in its dealings with Khrushchev and other Soviet fraternal parties, and that such behavior proved Moscow's leaders. But Mao's choice of Deng to lead the CCP failure to treat communists in other countries as equals.3 delegation could also have been based on more complex The Soviets would categorically deny that the new Soviet considerations. As is well known, by 1963 Mao had leadership after Stalin's death had continued to commit already developed a real distrust of some of his close such mistakes. The transcripts of the July 1963 Sino- colleagues, including Liu Shaoqi and Deng Xiaoping, Soviet meetings indicate that this pattern was again
because of his sense that not only were they unable to followed.
follow the logic of his "continuous revolution" programs, Why, one must ask, are these two issues so important? but also that they might attempt to weaken, or even to This must be understood by keeping in mind that these challenge, Mao's authority and power as China's paraissues not only are closely related to the legitimacy of each mount leader. By choosing Deng to head the CCP party's self-perceived position in the international commu- delegation, Mao would effectively use Deng's talent to nist movement, but are also interwoven with legitimizing bolster the international legitimacy of his "continuous the domestic programs pursued by each party's top leaders, revolution," while at the same time further testing Deng's
capitalist and free world in holding the initiative of historical development.
More importantly, the great Sino-Soviet split destroyed the idea among communists and communist sympathizers all over the world that communism was a solution to the problems created in the world-wide process of modernization. Nothing could be more effective in destroying the moral foundation of communism as an ideology and a revolutionary way of transforming the world than the mutual criticism of the communists. Therefore, the events leading to the Sino-Soviet split, in which Deng Xiaoping actively participated, marked the beginning of the final decline of international communism as a 20th-century phenomenon.
political attitude and loyalty toward his "continuous revolution."4 Here, once again, Mao demonstrated his mastery of Chinese party politics.
Deng did not disappoint Mao. His stamina and eloquence in Moscow, together with that of Kang Sheng and other members of the Chinese delegation, put the Soviets on the defensive. This proved both the correctness of the Chinese stand and the superiority of the Chinese mentality. When members of the Chinese delegation returned to Beijing, they would be welcomed by Mao at the airport, which was a highly unusual gesture by the Chairman. Moreover, Mao was so confident that the transcripts of the meetings in Moscow would enhance his "continuous revolution" that, on 28 July 1963, he ordered them to be printed and distributed to low- and middle-rank CCP cadres." This was the only time in the CCP's history,
5 to the best of my knowledge, that the transcripts of top Party leaders' meetings with foreign party leaders were relayed to the whole party.
Deng Xiaoping certainly made history. His outstanding performance in Moscow in July 1963, as mentioned earlier, had created such a strong impression in Mao's mind, that it would contribute to his survival and reemergence during and after the Cultural Revolution. This would allow his name to be linked with China's history from the late 1970s to mid-1990s in such a dramatic way that this period has become widely known as “The Deng Xiaoping Era."
Deng Xiaoping's debates with the Soviet leaders in July 1963 represent a historical juncture in the development of Sino-Soviet relations as this was the last substantive exchange of opinions between the Chinese and Soviet parties. The failure of the meeting led to the great polemic debates between the two parties, which would quickly expand into a confrontation between the two communist powers. Even Khrushchev's fall from power in October 1964 could not reverse the trend of deteriorating relations. In February 1965, when Mao told Soviet Prime Minister A. N. Kosygin that his struggle with the Soviet “revisionists” would last for another 9,000 years, the CCP Chairman had virtually proclaimed the demise of the SinoSoviet alliance. In a few short years, Beijing and Moscow would proclaim the other as primary enemy, even worse than capitalist-imperialist America.
In a broader historical perspective, Deng Xiaoping's meetings with the Soviet leaders in July 1963 represented a defining moment in 20th-century history. Up to this point the communists in the world had acted under a profound belief that history and time were on their side. The great Sino-Soviet split, to which Deng Xiaoping made such a crucial contribution, drained both the material and spiritual resources of international communism. While the Soviet Union, with China emerging as a potent enemy, fell into an ever-worsening overextension of power, the Communist world as a whole spent much of its resources on internal fighting. This effectively weakened, and eventually eliminated, its ability to compete with the
Mao Zedong's comments on Deng Xiaoping's 3 August 1972 letter, 14 August 1972. Zhonghua renmin gongheguo shilu, vol.3, part
2, p.846. Ed. Note: See the Deng-Suslov Talks, 1963 in this issue of the CWIHP Bulletin. 3
See, e.g., “Mao on Sino-Soviet Relations: Two Conversations with the Soviet Ambassador," (intro. Odd Arne Westad), CWIHP Bulletin 6-7 (Winter 1995/1996), pp. 164-169; Minutes, “Mao's Conversation with a Yugoslav Communist Union Delegation,” September 1956, and Minutes, “Conversations between Mao Zedong and Ambassador Yudin,” 22 July 1958, trans. Zhang Shu Guang and Chen Jian, CWIHP Bulletin 6-7, pp. 148-152, 155-159. 4
Zubok is certainly correct in pointing out that “Mao Zedong must have cleverly decided to direct the energy of his potential critics, Deng Xiaoping and Liu Shaoqi, toward external, foreign policy use." 5
After returning to Beijing, both Kang Sheng and Deng Xiaoping proposed to Mao that the transcripts of the nine meetings between the Chinese and Soviet delegations in Moscow "be read" to party cadres "above Level 17." Mao replied in a letter to Deng Xiaoping: “It is not sufficient only reading the transcripts [to the cadres), and it seems that the transcripts should be printed. Every several (such as three to five) of the cadres above Level 17 should have a copy (of the transcripts), so that they can discuss and study them. After three months, all the copies must be taken back. Please consider this and make a decision on it.” Mao Zedong's letter to Deng Xiaoping, 28 July 1963, Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao, vol. 10 (Mao Zedong's [Manuscripts since the Founding of the People's Republic), Beijing: The Central Press of Historical Documents, 1996), p. 330. 6
Kosygin was then visiting Beijing on his way back from a visit to Vietnam. He suggested to Mao that China and the Soviet Union should stop the polemic between them, so that they could take joint steps to support the struggles of the Vietnamese people; Mao refused the suggestion. He then made the statement that the struggle between the Chinese and the Soviets should go on for another 9,000 years, if not 10,000 years. See Cong Jin, Quzhe qianjin de suiyue (The Years of Tortuous Development) (Zhengzhou: Henan People's Press, 1989), pp.607-608.