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

No. 2102

Sir: Referring to the Embassy’s despatch No. 2021 of January 14, 1944, in regard to the appointment of Marshal Li Chi-shen, former head of the Military Affairs Commission office at Kweilin, as Chairman of the Military Advisory Council at Chungking, I have the honor to enclose a copy of Airgram No. A–4, January 25, 2 p.m., from the Consulate at Kweilin41 regarding Marshal Li’s future plans and the dissolution of the Military Affairs Commission office at Kweilin.

Summary. Mr. Service states that Marshal Li is winding up his personal affairs and that he is expected to retire to his native village in southeastern Kwangsi rather than come to Chungking and assume active charge of his new post as Chairman of the Military Advisory Council. It is reported at Kweilin that a portion of a large sum of money which certain Chinese at Kweilin are endeavoring to convert into United States currency represents the assets of Marshal Li’s former office and that the funds are thus being converted in order to prevent their falling into the hands of the Central Government when the liquidation of the office has been completed. End of Summary.

Respectfully yours,

C. E. Gauss
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