No. 576
The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of State


Memorandum for the Secretary of State

The following message to the President from Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek has been transmitted by Ambassador Hurley in a telegram No. 1140 of July 10, 2 p.m.:

“I wish to thank you for your telegram of June the 15th,1 containing an outline of a proposed agreement between the National Government of China and the Soviet Government. I am especially grateful to you for the keen interest you have taken in this connection. In accordance with arrangements I have already sent to [sic] Dr. T. V. Soong to Moscow to negotiate with the Soviet Government, and I shall keep you constantly informed of the progress of these negotiations through Ambassador Hurley. As this is a matter of grave concern not only between China and Russia but also to the interests of peace and security of the world at large, I earnestly request you to continue to bestow your great attention on it and enlighten me with your views from time to time.”

As we have been requested by the Map Room2 to limit telegraphic communications to you to those of an urgent character this message has not been repeated by telegraph but is being forwarded by pouch so that it may be available to you for transmission to the President.

Joseph C. Grew
  1. Not printed herein. See Truman, Year of Decisions, pp. 268–269. Hurley had delivered to Chiang on June 15 a message from Truman which included the terms of the agreement regarding the entry of the Soviet Union into the war against Japan which had been concluded at the Yalta Conference.
  2. The communications center at the White House.