740.00119 P. W./9–145: Telegram
The Ambassador in China ( Hurley ) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 1—2:40 a.m.]
1493. The Generalissimo told me yesterday that the imperialist governments France, Britain, the Netherlands, are endeavoring to create a situation, especially in Shanghai and Peking, that will give them an excuse for landing imperialist forces in China. He said that the pretext the British have given him is that they wish to land troops to protect the people of the cities from the Communists (re your telegram 1370, August 30, 8 p.m., and Embassy’s telegram 1489, August 31, 5 p.m.). He is of the opinion, however, that the imperialists are actually cooperating with the Communists. He said the United States and the Soviet are cooperating with the National Government of China.