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October 28, 1950

TELEGRAM FROM MAO ZEDONG TO I.V. STALIN, VIA ROSHCHIN

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    Mao Zedong asks for Soviet arms and permission to send naval advisers to Moscow to discuss the future of the Chinese navy.
    "Telegram from Mao Zedong to I.V. Stalin, via Roshchin," October 28, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF, f. 45, op. 1, d. 334, ll. 62-63. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112073
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SECOND MAIN ADMINISTRATION OF THE GENERAL STAFF OF THE SOVIET ARMY

CIPHERED TELEGRAM No. 26239
Copies: Stalin (2), Molotov, Malenkov, Beria, Mikoyan, Kaganovich, Bulganin
From Beijing Received 19 hours 50 minutes 28.10.1950
TOP PRIORITY T
TO FILIPPOV [Stalin]

27 October I received the following telegram from Mao Zedong addressed to you:

"Comrade Filippov!

In connection with the military situation that has developed in China at the present time, we urgently need to acquire from the Soviet Union the following armaments for the navy: high-speed torpedo boats, floating mines, armored ships, small patrol boats, minesweeping equipment, coastal fortress artillery and torpedo bomber planes.

I therefore intend to send immediately to Moscow by plane the commander of the navy Xiao Jinguang together with adviser Comrade Kuz'min in order to conduct negotiations with the responsible comrades of the Soviet Navy on the question of the request for the above mentioned arms and on the question of the construction of the Chinese navy in the future.

Along with Comrade Xiao Jinguang, two other comrades from the navy administration of China, Lue Shuchu and deputy chief of the rear administration of the navy Comrade Tsin I-tin, must also go [to Moscow].

I ask you to review the aforementioned and give me a corresponding reply.

MAO ZEDONG 27 October 1950."

Note:
Comrade Zakharov has familiarized himself with this telegram and considers that the trip of the naval commander with adviser Kuz'min is necessary.

ROSHCHIN

No. 2623
28.10

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