893.24/1589: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (Atcheson)

651. Reference Embassy’s 661, May 6, 5 p.m., in regard to report from Clubb to the effect that, according to Chaucer H. Wu, arrangements have been completed with the Soviet Government for the transportation of Lend-Lease supplies over the Turk-Sib Railway and across Sinkiang; and that 1,072 American trucks in Iran are to be used on this route.

It has been ascertained from Office of Lend-Lease Administration that the actual status of this matter is as follows:

Assignment of 500 trucks for early shipment from the United States for the proposed northwest route to China has been made.
The British have been asked to supply approximately 500 additional trucks from India on the understanding that truck replacements will be sent them from the United States.
A reply has not yet been received from the British.
The above-mentioned trucks are intended for operation over the Alma Ata–Hami section of the route.