Marshall Mission Files, Lot 54–D270

Memorandum by General Chou En-lai to General Marshall

With reference to my memorandum under date of October 9th85 which I requested to be transmitted to the Generalissimo, I have not as yet received a reply.

As regards the Generalissimo’s statement of October 16th, I have already on October 17th explained the Communist attitude and views to the Government representatives, Wu Teh Chen, Shao Li Tze86 and Lei cheng87 in Shanghai. I also explained the same to the Third Party Group on October 18th. On the same day, I received a copy of Generalissimo’s memorandum to you under date of October 17th88 which was forwarded to me from your office. On return to Nanking I thereupon immediately explained our views to you and Dr. Stuart and I presume that you are familiar with those.

Since returning to Nanking all the negotiations were conducted through the Third Party. Through their good offices there is some possibility for the reconvening of the Committee of Three, the PCC Steering Committee and the Draft Reviewing Committee and we are still exerting efforts for this end.

Chou En-lai
  1. Ante, p. 345.
  2. Secretary General of the Chinese People’s Political Council.
  3. Lei Chen, Secretary General of the People’s Consultative Conference.
  4. Ante, p. 380.