740.00119 P.W./8–2945: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Harriman) to the Secretary of State

3086. Personal for the President and Secretary of State. For your information as a matter of general interest in my conversation with Stalin on August 27 he showed great interest in and asked me about the setting for the Japanese surrender.

[Here follows a discussion of arrangements for the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay and of Russian military movements in Manchuria.]

In reply to a further inquiry Stalin said he believed an agreement would be reached between Chiang and the Communists since it was in the interest of both sides to do so. “How stupid it would be to have two governments in China”.