740.0011EW/l–2745: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State (Grew) to the Secretary of State

top secret

1. Soviet-Chinese Conversations. Chiang Kai-Shek and Soong have informed Hurley that the Soviet Government has agreed to receive Soong as a personal representative of the Generalissimo either late in February or early in March. Discussions will cover establishment of closer relations, Soviet participation in the War against Japan, Soviet-Chinese relations in Korea and Manchuria, post-war economic [Page 953]matters and the Sino-Soviet border. Hurley invites suggestions regarding this agenda for Chiang who desires full cooperation. Hurley points out that in September conversations, Molotov stated to him that Russians are not supporting Chinese communists who are not communists at all and desires closer relations with China. Molotov also stated that Russia does not want dissention in China. Chiang is anxious to learn whether this still represents Soviet attitude. (This is sixteenth message).

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