The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 21.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s instruction no. 100 of October 18, 1946,1 with which was enclosed a copy of a draft exchange of notes between the United States of America and the Republic of China for the termination of the Sino-American Special Technical Cooperative Agreement of April 15, 1943.2
There are now enclosed copies of the Embassy’s note of February 5, 1947 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the termination of the Agreement, and the English and Chinese texts, dated February 10, 1947, of the reply thereto from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.3 (It will be noted that in the Chinese text of the Foreign Office reply, the date is left blank, but the English text bears the February 10 date; consequently the latter is considered to be the effective date.)
It will be noted that paragraph 3 of the notes represents an addition to the draft exchange of notes forwarded by the Department. This [Page 1005] paragraph was inserted at the request of the Foreign Office, made in its note Mei–36/01871 of February 1, 1947, in order that the notes might accord with Article II of the Draft of Termination Agreement. Pertinent to this is enclosure no. 3, which is a copy of a memorandum4 on the subject from Rear Admiral Murray5 to the Minister-Counselor.
For purposes of record there are also enclosed two photostatic copies of a receipt, dated November 17, 1946,4 given by Lieutenant General Cheng Kai-min for materials as outlined in Sections I and II and the Appendix of Article II of the Draft of Termination Agreement.
Minister-Counselor of Embassy
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Agreement not printed; it was known as the SACO Agreement Its purpose was set forth in article I as follows:
“For the purpose of attacking our common enemy along the Chinese coast, in occupied territories in China, and in other areas held by the Japanese, the Sino-American Special Technical Cooperative Organization is organized in China. Its aim is, by common effort employing American equipment and technical training and utilizing the Chinese war zones as bases, to attack effectively the Japanese Navy, the Japanese Merchant Marine, and the Japanese air forces in different territories of the Far East, and to attack the mines, factories, warehouses, depots, and other military establishments in areas under Japanese occupation.”
The agreement was signed in Washington for China by T. V. Soong, Foreign Minister of the Republic of China; Tai Li, Deputy-Director of the Bureau of Investigation and Statistics of the National Commission of Military Affairs of the Government of the Republic of China; and Sinju Pu Hsiao, Assistant Military Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of China at Washington, and for the United States by Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy of the United States of America; William J. Donovan, Director of the Office of Strategic Services of the United States of America; and Milton E. Miles, Chief of the United States Strategic Services in the Far East.↩
- Latter not printed; it confirmed the understanding.↩
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- Rear Adm. S. S. Murray, Senior Member of the Naval Advisory Group Survey Board in China.↩
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