845.01/170: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Personal Representative of the President in India ( Johnson )

162. Your no. 208, April 21, 6 p.m. Aside from the time element involved in consulting with the British and Chinese Governments, a [Page 645] joint statement of Pacific war aims at this time would raise a number of complex problems relating to the future of many Oriental peoples. Such problems, of course, would require the careful consideration of all the United Nations with interests in the Pacific area and a mutual understanding among them as to the solution of these problems.

There is, furthermore, inherent danger in the adoption by this Government of measures which might appear to favor unduly a particular faction in India. It is our view that this Government will continue to retain the confidence of all Indian groups only if it continues to adhere to a policy of strict impartiality among them.

In this connection you will, of course, wish to be careful not to identify yourself too closely with any particular group or groups in Indian national life.