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To Lieutenant General Albert C. Wedemeyer
January 18, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 73. [Chungking, China]
Reports of continued Communist hostile activity on the part of the Communist New Fourth Army in Shantung continue to reach us. Since Byroade is short on personnel, particularly Communists, and since the area of these particular hostilities is Shantung and Anhwei Provinces, I propose to dispatch a balanced team from Shanghai to Suchow [Hsüchou] in an effort to cause hostilities to cease. I am therefore bringing with me tomorrow to Shanghai one Communist and one Nationalist representative which I hope can depart from Shanghai for Suchow together with an American representative for this purpose as soon as possible.1
Could you designate an appropriate American representative to accompany this team which will report to General Ku Chu Tung, Commander Suchow Pacification Area and also arrange for appropriate aircraft and weather check? Would like the team to depart Sunday.
General Chou En-lai is sending a message to General Chen Yie [Yi], Commander Communist New Fourth Army, instructing that he designate a representative to report to the commander of the Nationalist Ninety-seventh Army at Lincheng, southern Shantung province, for safe conduct to Suchow to assist in, and expedite, continued negotiations.
General Shang Chen is sending a message to the commander of the Nationalist Ninety-seventh Army and to the commander Suchow Pacification Area regarding the reporting, and safe conduct, of the Communist representative referred to above.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. On Marshall’s January 19–21 visit to Shanghai, see Marshall to Truman, January 23, 1946, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-334 [5: 427–28].
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 425–426.