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October 05, 1950

TELEGRAM FROM ZHOU ENLAI TO NI ZHILIANG

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    Zhou Enlai gives instructions to pay attention to the northern advance of the South Korean army and the retreat of the North Korean army, and to collect information on the 12th Division's occupation of Wonju. He also notes Pak Il U's return to North Korea.
    "Telegram from Zhou Enlai to Ni Zhiliang," October 05, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi (CPC Central Historical Documents Research Office) and Zhongyang dang'anguan (Central Archives), eds., Jianguo yilai Zhou Enlai wengao (Zhou Enlai’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the PRC), vol. 3 (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 2008), 389. Translated by Jingxia Yang and Douglas Stiffler. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114214
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Ambassador Ni [Zhiliang]:

The October 4 telegram was received.

Please pay regular attention to the situation of the American puppet army’s advance north and the People’s Army’s retreat to the north and activities in the enemy’s rear area.Hope that you will be able to observe closely and collect information on the combat operation situation and experience of the 12th Division’s attack on and occupation of Wonju.Pak Il U has returned to North Korea.  [We] have spoken to him face-to-face about everything and he will pass it all on to Premier Kim [Il Sung].

Zhou Enlai

October 5