893.24/807: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Johnson)

124. Your 338, July 12, 9 a.m., and 342, July 15, 10 a.m.94

1. Please inform General Chiang, as under instruction from the Secretary as follows:

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The situation on which General Chiang’s remarks were based has been altered by developments which have occurred since he made those remarks. Consequently no express comment is offered in regard to the specific suggestions which he made. It has been and continues to be the desire and the purpose of the Government of the United States to be helpful when and as appropriate and practicable. The Government and people of the United States realize China’s difficulties and continue to regard China’s problems and China’s welfare and interests with the utmost sympathy and good will. Numerous and very important questions inherent in the situation in the Far East, as they affect the interests of China and as they affect the interests of the United States, have over a long period received and now continue to receive most attentive study by the President, by me, and by other officers of this Government. Recent circumstances have modified neither our hope nor our belief that China’s leadership and the Chinese people are moving along lines which will ultimately ensure to China a secure place as an independent and very influential state.

The Chinese Ambassador here is in constant contact with appropriate officers of this Government in regard to developments and he has doubtless reported fully upon his various conversations and the general situation.

2. You may formulate an oral reply to Hsu Mo95 on the same general lines but without specific mention of General Chiang or the Secretary.

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  1. Latter not printed.
  2. In telegram No. 342, July 15, 10 a.m., the Ambassador had reported the substance of an informal communication from the Chinese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs (893.24/788).