Hopkins Papers

The Chinese Foreign Minister (Soong) to the Presidents Special Assistant (Hopkins)

Dear Harry: At the Casablanca conference when Far Eastern matters were discussed, China was not consulted as there were no representatives present. Only after decisions were made, were they communicated to the Chinese Government.1

At the present interallied conferences, when the war against Japan is discussed, I trust I may be called in to participate so that the Generalissimo [Page 289] may be continuously consulted.2 I shall appreciate it if you could do anything to ensure it.3

Yours sincerely,

Tse Vun Soong
  1. Regarding the manner in which the Casablanca Conference decisions on Far Eastern matters were communicated to the Chinese Government, see ante, p. 88, footnote 4.
  2. Telegram 717, May 15, 1943, from Chungking, Foreign Relations, 1943, China, p. 53, reported the request by Chiang that Madame Chiang and Soong should serve as the Chinese representatives in any consultations made necessary on Chinese questions raised in the course of the discussions between Roosevelt and Churchill.
  3. At the proposal of Leahy, the Combined Chiefs, at their meeting on May 15, 1943, agreed to invite Soong and Chu to express the views of Chiang regarding operations in the Burma–China theater; see ante, p. 80. For the record of Soong’s presentation at the May 17 meeting of the Combined Chiefs of Staff, see ante, p. 87.