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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, Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi, ed., Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao (Mao Zedong’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the People’s Republic of China), vol. 8 (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 1993), 46. Translated by David Wolff. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/118749
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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 [1959]

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