Primary: Asia and China
Sent: China 01:35 Year Month 25
Received: MOFA 03:09 1984 March 26
To: The Foreign Minister From: Ambassador Katori
Prime Minister Visit to China (Foreign Ministers’ Discussion - Regarding Cambodia among others)
Number 1345 Top Secret Top Urgent Q36A
Wire1339 Separate Wire 6
Foreign Minister Wu Xueqian conveyed the following in regards to the Cambodia issue, among other topics, based on the Foreign Minister’s recent travels to Malaysia, Burma, and Thailand.
1. In February, I travelled to Malaysia and Burma, and on the way I stopped by Thailand and met with Foreign Minister Siddhi. Regarding the Cambodia issue, the viewpoints of China, Malaysia and Thailand matched. Malaysia and Thailand called for Vietnam’s withdrawal from Cambodia. The Foreign Minister of Burma also said that the withdrawal of Vietnam is the key to resolving the Cambodia issue.
2. China is not seeking personal gains from Cambodia. If Vietnam were to declare that it will withdraw, China is prepared to hold discussions to find a reasonable resolution. If this occurs, Sino-Vietnamese relations can also be speedily resolved.
3. The current situation is magnificent. Sihanouk and the coalition government is developing towards the right direction. When [Foreign Minister] Nguyễn Cơ Thạch of Vietnam held a press conference in Australia, he spoke to try to divide the coalition government and ASEAN. However, his plot was not successful.