Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State2

Participants: Secretary Marshall,
Dr. V. K. Wellington Koo, Chinese Ambassador,
General Ho Ying-chin, Chinese Delegate to Military Staff Committee, United Nations,
Colonel Yu, interpreter,
Mr. John Carter Vincent, FE.

General Ho, accompanied by Ambassador Koo and Colonel Yu, came in this morning at 10 a.m. to make a courtesy call on me. The conversation was almost entirely social.

General Ho wished me every success in my new office3 and expressed warm appreciation of my efforts to bring about peace and unity in China.4 I thanked him, adding that my work in China had been small judged by results.

At the conclusion of the conversation General Ho mentioned 70 planes which the Chinese Government wished to buy but for which an export permit had not yet been forthcoming. He said 20 of the planes were for primary training purposes and 50 of them for advanced training. He said that the advanced training planes had some equipment on them of a military character but that the Chinese were quite willing to remove that. I told him that we would look into the matter.

The call terminated at 10:20.

  1. Drafted by the Director of the Office of Far Eastern Affairs (Vincent).
  2. General of the Army George C. Marshall assumed office as Secretary of State on January 21.
  3. See Foreign Relations, 1946, vols, ix and x .