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July 28, 1948

CABLE, TEREBIN TO STALIN [VIA KUZNETSOV]

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    Terebin (Andrei Orlov) discusses Mao's plans for conversation when the trip to Moscow is made. Terebin lists seven questions of Mao's that Mao will bring up upon arriving in the USSR.
    "Cable, Terebin to Stalin [via Kuznetsov]," July 28, 1948, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, APRF: F. 39, Op. 1, D. 31, L. 41. Reprinted in Andrei Ledovskii, Raisa Mirovitskaia and Vladiimir Miasnikov, Sovetsko-Kitaiskie Otnosheniia, Vol. 5, Book 1, 1946-February 1950 (Moscow: Pamiatniki Istoricheskoi Mysli, 2005), pp. 451-452. Translated for CWIHP by Sergey Radchenko. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113781
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To Com[rade] F. Kuznetsov

Transmitting just a small part of the conversation, raised by Mao Zedong himself.

Mao Zedong was saying that whereas in 1947 he was not in a hurry to visit Moscow, now, in 1948, the situation had changed and he wanted to go to Moscow as soon as possible. [He] wants to talk about many things there, to ask advice on some questions, on some—aid, within the bounds of the possible.

Questions about which Mao Zedong intends to talk in Moscow, are essentially:

1. On relations with small democratic parties and groups (and democratic figures). On the calling of a political consultative council.

2. On the unification of the revolutionary forces of the East and on the contacts between the com[munist] parties of the East (and others).

3. On the strategic plan of struggle against the USA and Jiang Jieshi.

4. On the restoration and creation of industry in China, including (and in particular) military, mining, transport—railroad and highways. To say there [in Moscow] what we (the CCP) need.

5. On a silver loan in the amount of 30 million American dollars.

6. On the policy (line) with regard to the establishment of diplomatic relations with England and France.

7. On a series of other important questions.
Summing up the aforesaid Mao Zedong stressed: “one needs to come to an agreement so that our political course fully coincides with the USSR.” Other parts of the conversations will be briefly transmitted separately.

Terebin.
28.VII.1948