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February 18, 1959

MARGINAL NOTE BY MAO ZEDONG ON A 'SITUATION REPORT"

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    Short marginal note written by Mao Zedong, noting that a chaotic Tibet will be useful for the training of troops and for justifying future pacification.
    "Marginal Note by Mao Zedong on a 'Situation Report"," February 18, 1959, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao [Mao Zedong’s Manuscripts since the establishment of the PRC], vol. 8 (Beijing, 1993), p. 46; translation from Chinese by David Wolff. Published in CWIHP Working Paper No. 30. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/118749
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[This short marginal note/directive was written onto a “situation report” [qingkuang jianbao] by MAO ZEDONG on 18 February 1959]

Liu [Shaoqi], Zhou [Enlai], Chen Yi, [Deng] Xiaoping. After reading return to Comrade Peng Dehuai.

The more chaotic [luan] Tibet gets, the better.  We can train troops and toughen the masses. Furthermore, this furnishes sufficient reason for future pacification and reform.

Mao Zedong

18 February