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August 23, 1950

Telegram from Zhou Enlai to Ni Zhiliang

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Ambassador Ni [Zhiliang]:

This is to acknowledge receipt of the two telegrams from [August] 22.  Concerning the two requests of Premier Kim Il Sung, here is the reply:

(1) We have decided to transfer 50 train locomotives from the railway system to meet North Korea’s urgent needs.  [We] only ask the North Korean side to inform [us of] what model of locomotives they need in order [that we may] allocate and transfer [them].  Also, concerning the repair of locomotives, please ask the North Korean side how these are to be sent to the Northeast so that (we can) get ready.

(2) [We] cannot help with air force pilots.  Our country has very few of this type of pilot, and moreover, the current international situation does not allow for this.


Zhou Enlai

August 23 [1950]

North Korea requests train locomotives and air force pilots from China, to which China agrees to the train locomotives.


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Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi (CPC Central Historical Documents Research Office) and Zhongyang dang'anguan (Central Archives), eds., Jianguo yilai Zhou Enlai wengao (Zhou Enlai’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the PRC),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), 188. Translated by Jingxia Yang and Douglas Stiffler.


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