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January 09, 1949

CABLE, MAO TO STALIN

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    Mao announces that he is ready to visit Moscow.
    "Cable, Mao to Stalin," January 09, 1949, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF: F. 39, Op. 1, D. 36, L. 59. Reprinted in Andrei Ledovskii, Raisa Mirovitskaia and Vladimir Miasnikov, Sovetsko-Kitaiskie Otnosheniia, Vol. 5, Book 2, 1946-February 1950 (Moscow: Pamiatniki Istoricheskoi Mysli, 2005), pp. 10-11. Translated by Sergey Radchenko. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112233
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"Com[rade] Stalin!

The meeting of the CCP CC Politburo, conducted recently, is over.

I am ready to come to you.

To cut back the time I hope that you will send planes to Shijiazhuang—two planes, best if four-engine ones.

Planes may arrive on any of the three days—18, 19, 20 of this month to Shijiazhuang.

If you believe that there is not enough time for technical preparation one can postpone by several days. You decide yourself the concrete day of the planes' arrival and let me know.

For security reasons it is desirable that the planes arrive in the aforementioned place early in the morning.

21 people are coming with me.

Mao Zedong. 9.1.49."

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