800.0146/6–1545: Telegram

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

986. General Olmsted16 reports with regard to the draft civil affairs agreement (KeEmbstel 746, May 9, 5 p.m. and related correspondence) that authority for final decision in the premises will probably be released to headquarters, China Theater, with instructions to General Wedemeyer to handle the question in consultation with me.

This will of course be entirely satisfactory to me and moreover I recognize the advantage of having such final determination made by the theater commander directly concerned. I would appreciate receiving any further comments or instructions in the premises which the Department considers would be useful to me in my discussions with General Wedemeyer.17

  1. Brig. Gen. George H. Olmsted, Civil Affairs Officer, China Theater.
  2. In a report by the Joint Civil Affairs Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J. C. S. 999/5, September 10, 1945, it was concluded that, from a military point of view, a civil affairs agreement with the Chinese was not necessary; General Wedemeyer concurred. (Marshall mission files, lot 54–D270).