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Editorial Summary of a Meeting with Mao Tse-tung
March 4, 1946 Yenan, China
Chairman Mao thanked Marshall for his efforts in China and promised that the Communist party would abide by the terms of the agreements they had signed. Marshall said that he was gratified by this spirit and praised Chou En-lai’s cooperation. He had noticed on both sides signs of considerable reluctance to proceed and evident distrust. Obstructionist cliques were to be expected but definitely not tolerated. He was encouraged by pledges of cooperation he had received from local leaders during the Committee of Three trip. Stability and unification were needed to justify U.S. economic aid to China, which was essential.
They then discussed the applicability of the cessation of hostilities agreement to Manchuria and the possibility of dispatching Executive Headquarters Field Teams there. The time had come, Marshall said, when political differences had to be set aside for future discussion, the interests of the individual had to yield to that of the majority, and all efforts had to be directed to the good of China and its people. (Foreign Relations, 1946, 9: 501-2.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 488.