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October 4, 1950

Telegram from Zhou Enlai to Ni Zhiliang

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Ambassador Ni [Zhiliang]:


[I] have received the telegrams from [October] 2 and [October] 3.  Based on the current situation, our military officer observation group should not go south of the 38th Parallel.  They should be divided into two groups: one group should examine the situation(s) near Pyongyang and the Pyongyang-Andong [Dandong] line and the Pyongyang-Ji’an line.  The other group should examine the situation(s) along the Pyongyang-Wonsan line and the Wonsan-Cheongjin line and in the northern mountain area.  For the situation(s) between the Pyongyang –Wonsan line and the 38th Parallel, [you] may also examine briefly, if possible, without going deeper.  Three large trucks and one medium sized truck will be allocated by the Northeast.


Zhou Enlai

October 4 [1950]


Zhou Enlai instructs the Chinese military officer observation group not to go south of the 38th parallel, but to split into two groups and examine the situations of different areas of Korea.


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Zhonggong zhongyang wenxian yanjiushi (CPC Central Historical Documents Research Office) and Zhongyang dang'anguan (Central Archives), eds., Jianguo yilai Zhou Enlai wengao (Zhou Enlai’s Manuscripts since the Founding of the PRC),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), 387. Translated by Jingxia Yang and Douglas Stiffler.


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