5-419 Memorandum for General Hsu Yung-chang, April 26, 1946

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: April 26, 1946

Subject: China

Memorandum for General Hsu Yung-chang

April 26, 1946 [Chungking, China]

On inquiry of General Chou En-lai as to when he would be available in Nanking for negotiations I learned that his movement plans were somewhat indefinite because of the probable non-availability of quarters in Nanking for about ten days and the fact that he has not been advised by the government as to when transportation would be made available. I am interested in view of the serious situation in Manchuria and the continued impasse in negotiations. It would be impracticable for me as a member of the Committee of Three to perform any useful service if General Chou is in Chungking and the Generalissimo and other members of the Committee are in Nanking.

I have offered to help out with some air transport and I think I can manage to transport the minimum number of people required by General Chou for his immediate assistance and his communications—about 50 persons and 1,500 pounds of baggage. But I am powerless to render any assistance regarding accommodations in Nanking.

I hope something can be done to permit the early establishment of General Chou and his principal people in Nanking.1 A delay can be very serious in its consequences.

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Political Affairs, Government Member, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed memorandum.

1. At a meeting with Marshall the following day (see #5-420, Papers of George Catlett Marshall [5: 531-32]), Chou En-lai indicated that he thought that the housing problem would soon be solved. (Foreign Relations, 1946, 9: 798.) General Hsu replied that office space for the Communist delegation had been secured and three motor vehicles assigned to assist in the Chungking-Nanking move. (Hsu Memorandum No. T [35] 32, April 29, 1946, NA/RG 59 [Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Political Affairs, Government Member].)

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. 531.

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