740.0011 P.W./8–1045: Telegram

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

1321. Soviet entry into war against Japan84 was enthusiastically received here, and general opinion was expressed that this action, [Page 149] together with atomic bomb, would greatly shorten war. Central News carries texts of Generalissimo’s message to Stalin85 and Chinese Government spokesman’s statement on Soviet declaration of war, together with reports of Dr. K. C. Wu’s call on Soviet Chargé and accounts of press interviews with Chinese Government leaders. In view of Department’s 1107, July 17,86 Embassy will not telegraph these statements and reports unless so instructed.

  1. August 9.
  2. Marshal Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, Chairman of the Council of Commissars of the Soviet Union.
  3. Not printed.