740.00119 P.W./5–2845: Telegram

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

863. Although the Department will, of course, have been fully informed by our Embassy in Lisbon of the recent Japanese peace feeler, I submit as of probable interest the following summary of a telegram from Chang Chien, Chinese Minister there, which has been made available by the Acting Foreign Minister:10

[Here follows summary of telegram similar to telegram 990, May 7, noon, from Lisbon, printed on page 478.]

When handing this message to Briggs,11 Wu stated that the Chinese Foreign Office had already replied, declaring that China will accept nothing less than unconditional surrender of Japan. He also commented upon the “obvious effort” of Japan to sow suspicion of Russia.

  1. K. C. Wu, Chinese Political Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  2. Ellis O. Briggs, Economic Counselor of Embassy in China.