740.00119P.W./10–145: Telegram

The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Kennan) to the Secretary of State

3415. Press September 30 published despatch datelined Changchun September 29 reporting that partial withdrawal of Soviet troops from Manchuria had begun several days ago. Withdrawal of main forces, stated despatch, will begin in second half of October and withdrawal of all Soviet forces will be complete by end of November. Withdrawal is being directed by Marshal Malinovski and Chinese Command has been informed.

Sent Dept 3415, repeated Chungking 173.