893.20 Mission/9–1045: Telegram

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

1562. The following message for the President has just been received from Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek:

“To His Excellency, the President of the United States of America: Since the conclusion of hostilities and the total surrender of Japan, in my opinion there is an ever-growing need for close military collaboration [Page 554] between China and the United States in the maintenance of stability in the Far East. In order that China would have the opportunity to reorganize her defensive military machine, I am of the opinion that an American military advisory board in China should be set up. General Wedemeyer would be an eminent choice to head such a board, for his comprehensive understanding of China’s military situation and his cooperative spirit have won the confidence and esteem of my Government and people.

I would deem it highly gratifying, Mr. President, if you would appoint General Wedemeyer to this post. Chiang Kai-shek, Generalissimo, Military Council of the National Government of the Republic of China.”