740.0011 European War 1939/29449
The Chargé in China (Vincent) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 19.]
Sir: I have the honor to enclose for the information of the Department a copy of a memorandum of conversation which I had several days ago with Dr. Wang Shih-chieh, Secretary General of the State Planning Board (Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek is Director) and Secretary General of the People’s Political Council. Although Dr. Wang, under fire from the Central Executive Committee of the Kuomintang at its last meeting in November (the only criticism which the Embassy heard was that he was accused of being pro-British), has resigned as Minister of Information, he still holds a position of influence and is understood to meet with the Generalissimo at frequent intervals for discussion of China’s problems. It is believed that the Department will find interesting his comments and point of view on Chinese and world situations and problems. The interest which he evinced in certain matters is worthy of note. He himself raised such questions as the coordination of American Government activities in Chungking, the British and American monetary stabilization [Page 847] plans, American participation in a regional European post-war organization, and possible alteration of Casablanca Conference15 global strategy.