893.20 Mission/9–145: Telegram

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

1494. For the Secretary and the President. Last night Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek advised me that it is indicated that the United States will send a military mission (the Generalissimo would rather call it a Military Advisory Board) to China. He respectfully suggests that when such a mission or board is created that General Wedemeyer be made Chief of the Mission or Board. He earnestly desires the continuance of Wedemeyer’s services in China. He stated that because of Wedemeyer’s understanding of the military situation in China and his understanding of the Chinese people and Government, his services would be of great value in continuing the splendid relations that now exist between the United States and China.