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November 17, 1950

Telegram from Mao Zedong to Peng Dehuai

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Peng [Dehuai] [and] Gao [Gang]:


While you were meeting, I sent a telegram to Filippov [Stalin] with the comments on the North Korea situation and suggestions that were stated in [your] Peng’s telegram and my observations on the war situation. Yesterday, [I] received a telegram in reply. [He] completely approves of a single central command led by Chinese comrades, and has informed Kim Il Sung and Shtykov of this by telegram.  Now [I am] passing these two telegrams to you and [we will] see how Kim will respond.  Zakharov has already expressed approval of a single central command.


Mao Zedong

November 17


Mao Zedong informs Peng Dehuai and Gao Gang that Stalin has approved of a single central command led by the Chinese, and that they are now waiting to see how Kim Il Sung will respond.


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Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi (CPC Central Historical Documents Research Office) and Zhongyang dang'anguan (Central Archives), eds., Jianguo yilai Zhou Enlai wengao (Zhou Enlai’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the PRC), vol. 3 (Beijing: Zhongyang wenxian chubanshe, 2008), 515. Translated by Jingxia Yang and Douglas Stiffler.


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