893.0011/11–2648: Telegram

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

2325. Personal [for] Secretary. Mme. Chiang sent for me immediately after talking to you. She did not ask my advice regarding trip and as much as I should have liked to do so I did not feel I could assume responsibility for endeavoring to dissuade her. It is obvious that she plans desperate plea for military aid, arguing United States responsibility for present situation because of Yalta28 and because of our advocation of “broadly based” Government.

Madame requested Admiral Badger29 for plane and when he asked my advice I recommended refusal, but suggested he submit question Navy Department in order that responsibility for refusal could be placed on Washington rather than him.

I have asked for information on party and itinerary and will report when available.

  1. Agreement signed by the heads of Government of the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union, February 11, 1945; Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945, p. 984.
  2. Adm. Oscar C. Badger, Commander, U. S. Naval Forces, Western Pacific.