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January 14, 1949

CABLE, MAO ZEDONG TO STALIN, NANJING PEACE PROPOSAL

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    Mao informs Stalin that they published a list of conditions under which they would consider entering negotiations with the Chinese Nationalist Government in Nanjing.
    "Cable, Mao Zedong to Stalin, Nanjing Peace Proposal," January 14, 1949, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, f. 45, op. 1, d. 330, pp. 104-105. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/110478
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Comrade Filippov,


1. I was glad to receive your supplementary telegram of January 11. On the principal line (the breakdown of large scale negotiations with the Guomindang [GMD], the continuation of the revolutionary war to the end) we agree with you completely.


Today we published eight conditions under which we [would] agree to enter into peace negotiations with the Guomindang. These conditions are put forward against the five reactionary conditions which Jiang Jieshi mentioned in his peace proposal of January 1.


Several days ago already the Americans sounded out our opinion--whether we would wish to conduct peace negotiations with the Guomindang without the 43 war criminals. So this sole condition--negotiating without war criminals--is no longer sufficient to undermine the intrigue of the Guomindang peace negotiations.


2. [This point dealt with the work of the CCP radio station.]


3. Since the publication of the Guomindang's peace proposals there has been much fuss in the GMD-controlled areas and the population is en masse demanding peace from the Guomindang, reproaching the Guomindang that its peace conditions are too severe.


The agitation and propaganda organs of the Guomindang are hastily explaining why the Guomindang needs to preserve its legal status and its army. We think that this disorder in the Guomindang-controlled regions will be increasing further.
Mao Zedong