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January 10, 1950

TELEGRAM, MAO ZEDONG TO CCP CC AND CCP NORTHWEST BUREAU, 10 JANUARY 1950 (EXCERPT)

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    "Telegram, Mao Zedong to CCP CC and CCP Northwest Bureau, 10 January 1950 (Excerpt)," January 10, 1950, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Jianguo yilai Mao Zedong wengao [Mao Zedong’s manuscripts since the founding of the People’s Republic], vol. 1 (Beijing: Central Press of Historical Documents, 1987), 226-7; translation from Shuguang Zhang and Jian Chen, eds., Chinese Communist Foreign Policy and the Cold War in Asia, 136. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112677
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Telegram, Mao Zedong to CCP CC and CCP Northwest Bureau, 10 January 1950 (Excerpt)

The Central Committee, and pass on to Liu [Bocheng], Deng [Xiaoping], He [Long] and the Northwest Bureau:


(1) I fully agree to the plan to dispatch troops into Xizang [Tibet] contained in Liu [Bocheng]'s and Deng [Xiaoping]'s telegram of 7 January.1 Now Britain, India, and Pakistan have all recognized us, which is favorable to [our] dispatching troops into Xizang.


(2) According to Comrade Peng Dehuai, the four months needed for dispatching troops [to Xizang] will start in mid-May (in the previous telegram I mistakenly wrote "three months").2

1 In this telegram, Liu Bocheng and Deng Xiaoping reported that they planned to dispatch the 18th Army to Tibet by the summer and fall of 1950.
2 On 24 January 1950, the CCP Central Committee formally issued the order to dispatch the 18th Army to enter Tibet.