5-572a Editorial Summary of Meeting with Chiang Kai-shek

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 6, 1946

Subject: China

Editorial Summary of Meeting with Chiang Kai-shek

October 6, 1946, 11:00 A.M., Generalissimo’s Office Nanking, China

Marshall and Stuart met with the Generalissimo to discuss the possibility of a truce in the government’s Kalgan offensive. A short truce (i.e., Chiang’s proposed five days) would not permit successful negotiations; too long a truce would be hard to achieve and bring military complications in the field. After some discussion, Marshall convinced the Generalissimo to offer the Communists at least a ten-day truce—which Chiang desired would be announced as a Marshall-Stuart rather than a government idea. Several provisions were essential to a successful truce (e.g., truce-team operations), so Marshall returned to his quarters to draft a memorandum to Dr. Stuart outlining his understanding of Chiang Kai-shek’s conditions. (Foreign Relations, 1946, 10: 300-301. Marshall’s memorandum to Stuart [OSE 491] is ibid., pp. 299-300.)

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