白崇禧 Bai Chongxi Cables Mossadegh
Famed General’s Message To Iranians (1951)

Arash Norouzi
The Mossadegh Project
| May 31, 2018                                                     


Gen. Omar Bai Chongxi 白崇禧 Telegram To Premier Mossadegh (1951)

Here is an interesting Cold War artifact — a 1951 telegram draft from Taipei-based Bai Chongxi to the new Prime Minister of Iran, Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, offering advice to the Iranian people on behalf of the Islamic League of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Omar Bai Chongxi, aka Pai Chung Hai, was born a Muslim, and, according to various sources, even had some Persian ancestry. The Hoover Institution at Stanford, who acquired a trove of his personal papers last year, dubbed him “one of the greatest military strategists in Chinese history”.

This cable appears to have gone unnoticed until Kelly Hammond, Assistant Professor of East Asian history at the University of Arkansas, found it via Academica Historica in Taiwan. Specializing in the history of Chinese Muslims and Islam in East Asia, she posted this find earlier today on Twitter.

The telegram pertains less to Islam, however, than to the spectre of Soviet imperialism. Bai was a dedicated Cold Warrior who later the same year called on Muslims worldwide to unite against the Red menace. This message, lacking any reference to the British, may be viewed largely as a component of this campaign.





Premier Mohammed Mossadegh
Teheran
Iran

In view of [the] desirability of [an] early settlement of [the] Anglo Iranian oil question, [I] have [the] honor, on behalf of fifty million Islamic bretheren of [the] Republic of China, [to] submit [the] following for your Excellency’s consideration. First while upholding sovereign rights and in order to avoid furnishing [an] opportunity to Soviet imperialists, [we] hope [the] Iranian people may see way [to] settlement of [this] question through peaceful means. [The] Islamic League of Republic of China pledges support to [the] Iranian people in [this] effort in promotion of peace. Secondly [we] hope Iranian oil may not, through Soviet intrigue, be used to further Soviet aggression. Best wishes for your Excellency’s good health

Omar Pai Chung Hai etc.

Chairman, Islamic League,
Republic of China


• Note: Bracketed text, capitalization, punctuation and other improvements have been made for clarity. See image below for fascimile of original.

Gen. Bai Chongxi's Telegram To Dr. Mossadegh (1951)


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