740.0011 Pacific War/3567

Memorandum by President Roosevelt to the Acting Secretary of State

In regard to the use of Chinese troops against Annam, I agree with the State Department that the French presentation of the case is not sufficiently valid to take any action.

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The whole matter should be left to the discretion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to the Commanding Officers in the area. This is essentially a military problem.

F[rankun] D. R[oosevelt]