740.00119 P. W./8–945: Telegram

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

1311. In view of imminent possibility of surrender of Japan, I am advised that American Staff has designated two American officers to accept surrender. No reference is made to the participation of China or the Generalissimo1 in receiving surrender. I recommend that the Generalissimo or his designated military representative be invited to be present and participate in receiving the surrender of Japan. To do otherwise after China’s 8 years of war against Japan would be injurious to China’s prestige in Asia.

  1. Chiang Kai-shek, President of the National Government of the Republic of China.