893.00/10–1245: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Robertson) to the Secretary of State

1787. Statement entitled “Summary of the conversations between the Govt and the representatives of the Chinese Communist Party” was issued to the press here yesterday afternoon (Embtel 1775, Oct. 11). As this has no doubt been telegraphed to the U. S. by Central News, the Embassy in accordance with Dept’s standing instructions will not telegraph text unless so directed.25 From conversation with Dr. K. C. Wu yesterday and with Communist representative this morning, it seems evident that, as reported in Embtel 1754, Oct. 8, the [Page 474] chief stumblingblock continues to be the basic questions of political control of the liberated areas now dominated by Communists.

Communist representative stated this morning that it was probable that General Yeh Chien-ying, Communist Chief of Staff, would come to Chungking from Yenan in about a week to serve as Communist member of 3–man military commission to discuss military questions. Communist representative also said that contrary to earlier report Wang Jo-fei left Chungking with Mao yesterday for Yenan; he added that Wang expected to return to Chungking within few days bringing his wife and children—this would appear to indicate some optimism as to final outcome.

  1. The Secretary of State, in his telegram No. 1691, October 17, 6 p.m., to the Chargé in China, requested that text of statement be telegraphed to the Department; for text, see the Chargé’s telegram No. 1833, October 19, p. 475.