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November 21, 1948

CABLE, MAO TO STALIN

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    Mao asks to delay his trip to Moscow until December.
    "Cable, Mao to Stalin," November 21, 1948, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF: F. 39, Op. 1, D. 31, Ll. 47. Reprinted in Andrei Ledovskii, Raisa Mirovitskaia and Vladimir Miasnikov, Sovetsko-Kitaiskie Otnosheniia, Vol. 5, Book 1, 1946-February 1950 (Moscow: Pamiatniki Istoricheskoi Mysli, 2005), p. 482. Translated for CWIHP by Sergey Radchenko. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113321
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Com[rade] Stalin

Over the recent days I am suffering from a small disease.

With the help of the Soviet doctor I got somewhat better, but another several days will be needed for rest. Besides, military operations near Suizhou are at the most serious stage, and an operation is being organized in the area of Tangshan-Tianjin-Beiping [Beijing]. Therefore the date of my trip will have to be postponed.

Before it was planned to leave [this] place in mid-November and by the end of November to arrive in Moscow, and now it is being planned to leave [this] place in the first part of December, and in mid- or in the end of December to arrive in Moscow.

May one act this way [?]

Requesting your advice.

Mao Zedong
21.XI.1948