893.01/965: Airgram

The Ambassador in China (Gauss) to the Secretary of State

A–71. Embassy’s 1270, July 23, 8 p.m.,39 final paragraph. Dr. Wang Chung-hui, Secretary General of the National Defense Council and former Foreign Minister, has stated to an officer of the Embassy in private conversation that he hopes and expects that after the war the Chinese Government will issue a mandate of general amnesty for Chinese puppet officials in the occupied areas. He said that of course some of the leaders would have to be punished—Wang Ching-wei most certainly although Chen Kung-po, “Mayor” of Greater Shanghai, would be a “doubtful” case.

As Wang Chung-hui is one of the President’s closest advisers it is not unlikely that his statements reflect the trend of General Chiang’s thought in the matter.

  1. Ante, p. 434.