The Ambassador in China ( Stuart ) to the Department of State

No. 90

The Ambassador has the honor to enclose for the information of the Department, copy of a New China News Agency commentary entitled, “Salute to the American People” which was broadcast by the North Shensi Radio on February 15, 1948. The Department’s particular attention is drawn to this broadcast, not because it contains anything new and startling, but simply because it is such a typical example of the type of unrestrained abuse to which the Chinese Communists are continually subjecting the United States. It is also a good example of the kind of propaganda which we must find ways and means to counteract.


Broadcast by North Shensi Communist Radio

North Shensi, February 15th: A New China News Agency commentary entitled “Salute to the American People” reads as follows:

A national conference on American policy toward China and the Far East, sponsored by the Committee for a Democratic Far Eastern Policy, was held in New York from January 23rd to 25th. This conference decided to take action against sending of munitions and other aid by the United States Government to dictator Chiang Kai-shek and the Dutch and French aggressors. The fifty thousand strong American International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union has already decided to forbid transport of foreign aid in war materials [Page 120] and American …77 at the beginning of this month have begun a movement against aid to Chiang Kai-shek.

These are just actions of the American people to aid the Chinese people and other oppressed peoples of far eastern countries. We wish to express our salute to the American people in the highest terms.

During the past two years, the progressive organizations of the American people have ceaselessly given moral support to the just struggles of the Chinese people. The conference on China and the Far East held in San Francisco in October 1946 passed resolutions demanding that the United States Government withdraw American troops from China and put a halt to military and economic aid to Chiang Kai-shek’s civil war.

Since last year, progressives and progressive bodies have moreover continuously attacked the reactionary policy towards China of the; United States Government and given moral support to the Chinese people’s movement for independence and democracy. The recent “National Conference for American Policy Towards China and the Far East” is however of a broader mass character and its resolutions have called for direct action.

American imperialists in America strive to cover up their criminal acts of aiding Chiang Kai-shek’s gang. They tell the American people that the American imperialist government is helping Chiang Kai-shek because Chiang Kai-shek’s armies are “fighting for the existence of the English speaking nations.” They attempt to describe the interests of a handful of Wall Street banking and munitions magnates as the interests of the entire United States and even the entire “English speaking nations.”

But the wild schemes of American imperialists to aid Chiang Kai-shek and subjugate the Chinese nation are not only in opposition to the Chinese people but are also cruel attacks on the interests of the American people.

The United States Government has since the war given four billion American dollars worth of military materials and loans to aid Chiang Kai-shek in waging civil war. American banking and munitions magnates have in the process reaped enormous profits while placing the whole burden on the American People in the form of increased rents and taxes and inflation (soaring prices). American finance capital is endeavoring to deprive the American people of various basic democratic rights they have enjoyed and is carrying out a hunger policy towards the American people.

The facts prove that American imperialists are mortal foes of the American people and that the interests of the American people fully accord with those of the Chinese nation. The just action of the American [Page 121] people has given great encouragement to the Chinese people’s war of liberation. The Chinese people are also deeply aware that the victory of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army over the running dog of American imperialists, Chiang Kai-shek is also assistance to the American people. The great international solidarity of the Chinese and American people in their just fight against American imperialism.

  1. Omission indicated in the original.