Ho: We should try to build new roads. We have had discussions
with Comrade Tao Zhu (1) on this issue. If China
is able to help us build some roads in the North, near the border
with China, we will send the forces reserved for this job to the
It's a good policy.
Tao Zhu: I
have reported it over the phone to Comrade Zhou Enlai. He said
that China could do it.
President Ho: First of all, we need China to help us build 6 roads
from the border areas. These roads run south through our rear.
And in the future they will be connected to the front. At present,
we have 30 thousand people building these roads. If China helps
us, those people will be sent to the South. At the same time we
have to help Lao comrades to build roads from Samneua to Xiengkhoang
and then from Xiengkhoang to Lower Laos, and to the South of Vietnam.
Because we will fight large-scale battles in the future, it will
be good if we also build roads to Thailand...
Ho: If Chairman Mao agrees that China will help us, we will send
our people to the South.
We accept your order. We will do it. There is no problem. (2)
1. Tao Zhu was a CCP Politburo member and first
secretary of the CCP Central-South China Bureau. He would later
be purged during the Cultural Revolution.
In Hanoi on April 13, Tao Zhu had told Ho that "our Party
Central Committee and Chairman Mao have held our four border provinces
responsible for being the immediate rear for Vietnam. Of course,
China as a whole is the rear for Vietnam. But these four provinces
represent the immediate one."