No. 157
Memorandum by the Acting Secretary of State


Memorandum of Conversation

Participants: President Truman;
Acting Secretary, Mr. Grew

I called on the President in his study in the White House at 6:50 this evening and took up the following matters:

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6. I then referred to Ambassador Hurley’s telegram2 to the President setting forth certain questions3 which had been asked by Chiang Kai-shek with regard to the implementation of certain points in the Yalta agreement with regard to the Far East,4 which Admiral Leahy had sent to me with the request that we draft a reply to Ambassador Hurley. I said to the President that I did not see how we could possibly answer these questions until the matter had been discussed with Marshal Stalin, and I thought the replies would have to await the meeting of the Big Three. I also said that I did not see how Dr. Soong could very well take these matters up with Marshal Stalin himself without the presence of others. The President definitely concurred. …

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J[oseph] C. G[rew]
  1. For another extract from this memorandum, see document No. 70.
  2. Not printed.
  3. The questions referred to are summarized in Herbert Feis, The China Tangle: The American Effort in China From Pearl Harbor to the Marshall Mission (Princeton, 1953), p. 314.
  4. For text, see Executive Agreement Series No. 498; 59 Stat. (2) 1823; Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945, p. 984.