740.00119 Potsdam/8–745: Telegram

No. 1213
The Ambassador in China (Hurley) to the Secretary of State and the Ambassador to the Soviet Union (Harriman)1

top secret

ComNavGroup China sends. Top secret and urgent for the eyes alone of the Secretary of State, James F. Byrnes, Potsdam, Germany.

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For Ambassador Harriman from Hurley (the following message is from Dr. T. V. Soong for Ambassador Harriman).

“After having had the opportunity of discussing the details of the negotiations2 with Generalissimo3 and other leading members of my Government, I am convinced that we have gone as far as we possibly could in meeting Soviet demands. I tell you this in all candor, and you know how completely frank I have been with you. T. V. Soong”.

  1. Sent by the Commander, Naval Group, China, via Navy channels.
  2. i. e., Soong’s negotiations with Stalin at Moscow, which had been interrupted by Stalin’s departure for the Berlin Conference. See vol. i, p. 857.
  3. Chiang Kai-shek.