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January 11, 1949

CIPHERED TELEGRAM NO. 0222, FILIPPOV [STALIN] TO CDE. MAO ZEDONG

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    Stalin further explains his strategy in dealing with the peace proposal received from the Chinese Nationalist Government in Nanjing.
    "Ciphered Telegram No. 0222, Filippov [Stalin] to Cde. Mao Zedong," January 11, 1949, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, f. 45, op. 1, d. 330, ll. 97, and RGASPI, f. 558, op. 11, d. 330, ll. 0097. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110476
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Ciphered Telegram No. 0222

To Cde. Mao Zedong

As you can see from what you have already received, our draft of your reply to the Guomindang proposal is aimed at the undermining of the peace negotiations. Clearly, the Guomindang would not agree to peace negotiations without foreign powers' mediation, especially that of the USA. It is also clear that the Guomindang will not agree to negotiate without the participation of Jiang Jieshi [Chiang Kai-shek] and other war criminals. We assume therefore that the Guomindang would reject peace negotiations on CCP terms. The result will be that the CCP agrees to the peace negotiations and it will be impossible to accuse it of being eager to continue the civil war. The Guomindang, however, will receive the blame for breaking the peace talks. Thus, the peace maneuver of the Guomindang and the USA will be frustrated, and you will be able to continue your victorious war of liberation.


We are waiting for your answer.


Filippov [Stalin]

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