Timeline for context:

During WWII, I understand there was a "coalition government" between the Nationalist Party and Communist Party, so I'm curious as to where Mao Zedong was during the surrender in Zhijiang, and in particular, if he was in attendance.

Question: Where was Mao Zedong during the Japanese surrender in Zhijiang?

Prior to all this, on June 19, Mao Zedong was in Yan'an (延安) in Shaanxi province (陕西省) for the 7th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

  • Maybe not relevant, but the CCP and Kuomintang had been fighting each other since 1942; iow while simultaneously fighting the Japanese. The 'coalition' was a temporary truce which lasted for almost no time at all.
    – Ne Mo
    Apr 17 '20 at 23:11

First of all, your assumption that "whole" JIA army surrendered on one day on 21-23 Aug, in Zhiijiang is nor correct.

It was 9th Sep when Chinese Nationalist Party accepted the surrender of Japanese forces in Nanking according to this site..

It was on 22th Sep that JIA forces surrendered in Zheng Prefecture.

There are many leaflets by the Chinese communist party congratulating the victory over the JIA forces from here.

So the surrender was conducted by unit by unit ( or army group by army group ) independently by Chinese Nationalist Party or Communist Chinese.

Then or therefore it would be probably very hard for even Chinese native speakers to pinpoint where Mazo is exactly at when Japanese forces accepted the Potsdam Declaration (or else on 2 Sep, which is the "official" surrender day).

As you say, on 28th Aug, Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-Shek held a party to congratulate the victory against Japanese Imperial forces at Chongqing.

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So he might'be been anywhere, in Yan'an or moving to Chongqing, but I bet no one could know until someone gets a daily diary by Mao if such a thing exists.

  • Huh. It seems there was a lot of these. Wuhan also has such a museum. Apr 17 '20 at 3:36
  • What is this daily diary you speak of? Apr 17 '20 at 10:33
  • @SchwarzKugelblitz ? I also don't know what it is. Mao may have written the war diary during the Sino-Japanese war or may have not. So who knows.
    – user12387
    Apr 17 '20 at 11:47
  • Is such a diary said to exsist?Is there any proof (even a faint one) behind it's exsistence? Apr 17 '20 at 11:49
  • @SchwarzKugelblitz I am concluding "So he might'be been anywhere, in Yan'an or moving to Chongqing, but I bet no one could know until someone gets the daily diary by Mao."
    – user12387
    Apr 17 '20 at 14:29

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