May 18, 2006
USCPF Plays a Part in the General George C. Marshall Event
On the evening of May 18, The George C. Marshall International
Center celebrated the opening of a photo and art exhibition commemorating
General Marshall's Mission to China. This event was held at Dodna
Manor, the Marshall's Leesburg home.
To honor this occasion, Dr. Wang Chi, a professor
at Georegtown University, addressed guests with a lecture on General
Marshall and his experiences in China. From December 1945 to January
1947, President Truman sent General Marshall to China as his representative.
Marshall served as a special envoy, mediating between Mao Zedong's
Communists and Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalists after the defeat
of the Japanese and the end of World War II. President Truman
hoped that Marshall, who was highly regarded in China, would be
able to create a coalition government between the two parties.
Unfortunately, General Marshall was unable to secure
the peace that he and President Truman had hoped for. However,
Marshall did advise Truman not to send American troops to China.
While in China, both General Marshall, and his wife
Katherine, developed a close friendship with Madame Chiang. Madame
Chiang had initially believed that by gaining Marshall's support
and by persuading him to make peace, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek
would be in "good shape."
The exhibition includes photos of General Marshall,
Mrs. Marshall and Madame Chiang in 1945 and 1946. Also included
in the exhibition are a series of paintings presented as a gift
to General Marshall by Madame Chiang.