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Meeting with Yu Ta-wei
May 10, 1946 Nanking, China
GENERAL Marshall began the meeting by giving General Yu a list of ammunition that the United States had delivered or would soon deliver to the government’s forces in Manchuria. He also related what he had heard about the Communist occupation of Changchun from two American correspondents who had recently returned from that city.
Yu’s visit was occasioned by Marshall’s promise the previous day to provide Chiang Kai-shek with written comments on the Manchurian problem. Marshall read a draft of the military portion of his statement; the political portion needed further revision, he indicated, but it would be ready by the afternoon. General Yu explained that the government did not desire to occupy Manchuria in force, but it did wish to post the major portion of its troops at Harbin, with one battalion deployed along the Harbin-Manchouli railroad. “General Marshall stated that he still did not concur with this proposal since the position of the forces would be precarious,” as they would be surrounded by Communist troops. (Foreign Relations, 1946, 9: 823-24.)
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), pp. 547-548.