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November 12, 1950

TELEGRAM FROM ZHOU ENLAI TO CHAI JUNWU

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    Zhou Enlai instructs Chai Junwu to ask Kim Il Sung to change the wording of his statement at the Central Committee of the Motherland's United Front meeting, and also to ask whether Chai can accompany Kim in his visit to Peng Dehuai.
    "Telegram from Zhou Enlai to Chai Junwu," November 12, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi (CPC Central Historical Documents Research Office) and Zhongyang dang'anguan (Central Archives), eds., Jianguo yilai Zhou Enlai wengao (Zhou Enlai’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the PRC),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), 491. Translated by Jingxia Yang and Douglas Stiffler. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114228
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Chai [Junwu] [Chai Chengwen]; also inform Peng [Dehuai], Gao [Gang]:

Your several telegrams of the 11th have been received. 

At the soon-to-be-held meeting of the Central Committee of the Motherland’s United Front, Premier Kim [Il Sung] plans to issue a statement jointly in response to the statement of all of our parties, pointing out the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army’s participation in the war.  The intention is very good.  [We] wish that you will convey to Premier Kim to please change the wording to “the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army’s participation in the war under the command of the general headquarters of the North Korean People’s Army.”  Please ask Premier Kim if you can go to Commander-in-Chief Peng’s location with him. If approval is given, (you) may go; otherwise, do not go.

Zhou Enlai

November 12 [1950]