740.00119 P. W./8–1145: Telegram

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

1325. At 0720 hours, Chungking time, August 11, I delivered to the Generalissimo your White House 321 received by me at 0645 hours Chungking time, August 11. At 0738 the Generalissimo asked me to convey through the Secretary of State the following reply to the President:

“President Truman: I concur in all the conditions and join you in your reply to the Japanese Government on the acceptance of the Potsdam Proclamation. I especially concur in the condition to require the Emperor and the Japanese High Command to sign the surrender terms and issue orders to make surrender effective. I also concur in the condition requiring that the ultimate form of government of Japan shall be in accordance with the freely expressed will of the Japanese people. This latter is a condition which I have expressed over a period of years.

Chiang Kai-shek.”

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New subject: Personal message from the Generalissimo to the President as follows:

“I congratulate you on the victory and wish you the best of health.

Chiang Kai-shek. [”]