740.0011 Pacific War/3428

The Chinese Foreign Minister (Soong) to the Secretary of State

Dear Mr. Secretary: …1

I also enclose for your information a memorandum on our assignments of Canadian munitions. While it may not be as detailed as my verbal discussion with you,2 it is an outline which includes the essential points.

I am [etc.]

Tse Vun Soong
[Enclosure 2]

Memorandum by the Chinese Foreign Minister (Soong)

Memorandum Regarding Canadian Munitions

Many months ago the Chinese Government approached the Canadian Government for aid in supplying munitions under their Mutual Aid Plan. A definite program, embracing nearly 60,000 tons of ordnance and supplies for the next year, was mutually agreed upon between myself representing the Chinese Government, and Mr. Howe, the Canadian Minister of Munitions. The program received the official sanction of the Canadian Government, and orders have been actually placed by them.

None of these munitions would involve taking away any essential supply of munitions required by the U.S. or British armies. Shipping for these supplies to India (where the Chinese Government intend to keep a stockpile of these goods until the Burma Road or some alternate route, such as the Iranian Highway through Central Asia, could be developed) are likewise available.

On various pretexts, technicalities were advanced by the American authorities through Dr. Lauchlin Currie to have the Canadian Government either stop or curtail these supplies.

The Secretary is earnestly requested to approach the President to give instructions that all objections, which are indeed not in line with [Page 660] the broad and generous friendship of the United States for China, be withdrawn.

  1. For the first paragraph of this letter, omitted here, see ante, p. 441.
  2. See ante, p. 440.