893.01/5–1845: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of State 9

20. McCloy10 tells me that on Soong’s return to San Francisco he will probably talk to you about the importance of setting up Chinese civil government in the areas occupied by our troops if and when our forces land in China. His object would be to obtain some commitment that such civil government will be drawn from the Kuomintang authorities even if the occupied areas should be in control of the Chinese Communists. It is our feeling that such a commitment would not be in accord with either our military or political interests. McCloy thought that you might wish to have this thought in mind in case Soong should approach this subject.

  1. Attending the United Nations Conference at San Francisco.
  2. John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War.