To the Eastern Secretariat of the ECCI:
Returned from leave of absence, I found the photograph of Chiang Kai-shek sent me through the Eastern Department of the ECCI and the request promptly to send him my autographed picture. Had I received such a request through the Foreign Office, then, regardless of my attitude toward this request, I would find the fact itself explainable. But it is absolutely incomprehensible to me why the Eastern Department of the ECCI -- the international organization of the communist vanguard of the proletariat occupies itself with such a thoroughly compromising matter as the spreading of portraits of Chiang Kai-shek. And this, moreover, as a result of a malicious irony of fate, on the eve of the coup d'etat carried out by him. I do not doubt that this job, unseemly for the ECCI, was done by some employee of the Eastern Department not empowered to do it, without the knowledge of the leading persons and especially of the Presidium of the ECCI, as a consequence of which I deem it necessary to bring this distasteful affair to your attention. The picture of Chiang Kai-shek I am herewith returning.
With communist greetings,
Copy: To the Presidium of the ECCI and the Political Bureau of the Central Committee