The Under Secretary of State (Welles) to President Roosevelt

My Dear Mr. President: I have just received from Dr. T. V. Soong a further message from Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek which I enclose herewith.

Believe me

Faithfully yours,

Sumner Welles
Message for President Roosevelt From the Generalissimo, Chungking, August 11, 1942

I feel certain that you are concerned as I am at the news of the arrest of the Working Committee of the Indian Congress including Gandhi and Nehru. In my last telegram I expressed my dread that such a development would prove to be a great setback to the Allied cause in the Far East and would certainly have a disastrous effect on the entire war situation. I fear also that if matters are allowed to deteriorate further the influence of the Axis powers would be considerably strengthened and the avowed object of the Allies in waging this war would no longer be taken seriously by the world and the professed principles of the United Nations would lose much of their spiritual significance. At all costs the United Nations should demonstrate to the world by their action the sincerity of their professed principle of ensuring freedom and justice for men of all races. I [Page 715] earnestly appeal to you as the inspired author of the Atlantic Charter38a to take (effective?) measures which undoubtedly have already occurred to you to solve the pressing problem now facing India and the world so that normalcy will return and unimpeded war effort may continue to hasten our common victory. Your policy will serve as a guide to all of us who have resisted for so long and so bitterly the brute force of the aggressors. Trusting you will favor me with an early reply.

Chiang Kai-shek
  1. Joint statement by President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill, August 14, 1941, Foreign Relations, 1941, vol. i, p. 367.