The Consul at Peiping ( Stevens ) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 26—6:59 a.m.]
39. Peiping press reaction to Marshall’s visit China stresses tremendous importance and difficulties his mission which construed as seeking resolve Nationalist-Communist conflict by peaceful means. Newspapers point out Communists must cease fighting and permit incorporation their troops into National Army. Chiang Kai-shek quoted as saying before leaving Peiping that National Government prepared to accept Truman’s statement as a basis for bringing about national unity. Sent to Chungking, repeated to Department. Press insists present National Government in reality coalition government because it includes non-party members who [are] equally high in councils as party men. Sees hope in forthcoming conference with Communists at Chungking which is expected open soon. Marshall viewed as able negotiator owing his varied experience and knowledge of China.