800.00 Summaries/7–1444: Telegram

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

955. Please deliver the following message to President Chiang Kai-shek:

“My dear President Chiang: I have received from Vice President Wallace your telegram of July 8 in reply to the Vice President’s letter to you of June 27. I have also been much interested to receive Mr. Wallace’s full report65 of his conversations with you. He has told me of the 12 points which you requested that he bring to my attention, and I appreciate very much the frankness and friendliness with which you have expressed your views.

I have noted with particular satisfaction your assurance with regard to the negotiations now in progress with the Chinese Communists that only political means will be employed in seeking a solution. I also welcome the indication which Mr. Wallace has given me that you desire better relations between China and the U. S. S. R., and am giving serious thought to your suggestion that I use my good offices to arrange for a conference between Chinese and Soviet representatives. It occurs to me that any such conference would be greatly facilitated if, prior thereto, the Chinese Government had reached a working arrangement with the Chinese Communists for effective prosecution of the war against Japan in north China. In this connection, Mr. Wallace has also informed me of your encouraging remark that a settlement with the Communists would make it possible to carry out your democratic program earlier than expected.

I have received with regret reports of Madame Chiang’s ill health and hope that she will have an early recovery.

With warm regards and best wishes,

Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

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