Madame Chiang Kai-shek to President Roosevelt 48


My Dear Mr. President: The Generalissimo asked me to write to you on his behalf while the memory of Vice-President Wallace’s visit is still fresh in our minds.

We enjoyed very much having Mr. Wallace in China particularly as his coming here at this time will have beneficial and far-reaching [Page 234] repercussions on the morale of our army and people. Just when Japan is launching a widespread and vigorous attack in many parts of China, our people are greatly encouraged by the fact that you have sent Mr. Wallace as your representative at this very critical moment to demonstrate America’s friendship to us.

The Generalissimo appreciates Mr. Wallace’s frankness and directness. He was particularly touched when Mr. Wallace repeatedly stated how eager you personally are to see closer co-operation and real collaboration between Soviet Russia and China. With this desire the Generalissimo is in full accord and wishes to assure you that he will do everything in his power to help bring it about. Doubtless Mr. Wallace will report to you in detail the many conversations which were held and the genuine and warm welcome all China extended to him both as your representative and on his own behalf.

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Yours sincerely,

  • Mayling Soong Chiang
  • (Madame Chiang Kai-shek)
  1. Copy obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. Hyde Park. N. Y.