740.00119 Military Political Commission/1a
The Department of State to the Embassy in China
There are attached hereto, for the information of the Ambassador,1 a copy of a “Tentative Draft of a Joint Four-Power Declaration” which was handed to Dr. Soong2 on September 21 in the strictest confidence, together with a copy of an “oral statement” in record of what was said to Dr. Soong in connection with this document.
Dr. Soong expressed the opinion that communication of the tentative draft to him would suffice for and should be considered as communication of the matter to his Government. Dr. Soong said further that he was leaving Washington for Chungking the following week and that he would undertake to communicate with Chungking. Subsequently it was suggested to Dr. Soong that for reasons of security he might wish to limit himself to taking the documents under reference with him to Chungking without having communicated them to his Government by telegraphic means. In response Dr. Soong said that he would take the papers with him on his person. (He did not, however, indicate whether he would or would not telegraph regarding them.)
It is not desired that the Embassy take any initiative in the matter. The copies of the documents under reference are transmitted to the Ambassador for his information in the event that the matter is taken up with him by appropriate officials of the Chinese Government. In the event of such an approach to the Ambassador, the Ambassador should communicate full particulars and his comments to the Department, taking special precautions as to the security of the method and substance of communication.[Page 820]