The Chargé in China (Robertson) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 3—11:30 a.m.]
19. Personal to Secretary of State from Marshall. My message 18 of December 2619 requesting your personal estimate of the Soviet intent in Manchuria and relations between Russia and the Chinese Communists evidently did not reach you in Russia. I also raised the question as to whether the difficulties the Generalissimo reports in his relations with Russia in Manchuria are not mostly of the same pattern as our own similar difficulties in Europe, or whether Soviet policy in Manchuria is deliberately calculated to mitigate against an effective and unified China.
Your personal views on the above for eye only and to be kept out of the records would be most helpful to me in the present status of my negotiations with the Chinese. [Marshall.]