893.51/7741a: Telegram

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

125. Department has received from the War Department message of January 22 containing your comments on the last paragraph of the President’s message as sent to you on January 20 as Department’s 108. Your comments were most helpful and are fully appreciated. In the light thereof you are authorized to substitute for the last paragraph in the message the following:

“Furthermore, since you say that your Government is not in a position to continue any direct maintenance of American troops in China, this Government, in order to cover all of its military expenditures in China, including such maintenance as well as construction, is prepared to place to your account the U. S. dollar equivalent of any Chinese funds made available under general arrangements that will be suggested by General Stilwell and the Ambassador.”