The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 14—6:05 a.m.]
1523. Following statement by Foreign Minister Wang was published in Shanghai China Press, July 13:
“The Chinese Government as well as President Chiang Kai-shek welcome the appointment of Gen. Albert Wedemeyer as special envoy representing the President of the U. S. on a fact-finding mission to China and Korea. He is a staunch old friend of China. When he served in the China Theatre during the latter part of the war, his contributions to Sino-American collaboration and his achievement in strengthening the China Theatre were widely appreciated.
“It is my belief that his coming visit will vastly facilitate a more complete understanding of the Chinese situation by the American people, further strengthen Sino-American friendship and cooperation and be conducive to general stabilization of the situation in the Far East.”