The Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs (Soong) to the Chairman of the Munitions Assignment Board, United States and Great Britain (Hopkins)39

Dear Mr. Hopkins: I know how rushed you are these days, but a situation has been created by the Munitions Assignment Committee ruling that not a single ton of munitions should be assigned to China commencing July owing to the failure of the air transport service between India and China. Coming on top of the President’s and your own repeated assurances that aid to China will be continued, you could imagine the effect of a ruling like this when it is known to our army and people.

I wish, therefore, to request that your Board will not confirm the Committee’s ruling until I have the opportunity of putting our case before you.

With kind regards [etc.]

Tse Vun Soong
  1. Photostatic copy obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N. Y.