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Editorial Summary of a Meeting with Shang Chen
January 16, 1946, 2:00 P.M. Chungking, China
General Shang noted that the Nationalists were particularly interested in opening three rail lines in North and Northeast China, and Marshall said he would inform Executive Headquarters to take action. Marshall gave the general a memorandum from Chou En-lai describing continuing Nationalist hostilities in various places, suggesting that it would take “peremptory orders on the highest level” to stop the fighting. “General Marshall stated that he had been turning over in his mind the advisability of putting Marines in troubled areas to implement cessation of hostilities.” (NA/RG 59 [Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Political Affairs, Conferences Miscellaneous, vol. 1].)
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. 423.