The Chinese Ambassador (Koo) to the Secretary of State
The Chinese Ambassador presents his compliments to the Secretary of State and, referring to the conversation he had with the Acting Secretary of State on April 9, 1948,32 inquiring as to the procedure to be followed in regard to the use of the “sum not exceeding $125,000,000 for additional aid to China through grants” as stipulated in the China Aid Act of 1948, has the honor to transmit herewith two Lists of Items of Military Supplies and Equipment: one for the Chinese Army and Navy, the other for Chinese Air Force, to be procured immediately in the United States with the funds provided for under Section 404 (b) of the said Act. These Lists are summary statements abridged from two comprehensive procurement programs, which will be submitted in due course.
The said Lists cover the immediate requirements of the Army and Navy, and the Air Force, to which the Chinese Government proposes to allot 75.84 and 22.56 per cent, respectively of the above-mentioned sum. The list of articles needed by the Armored Force, which represent [Page 81]1.6 per cent. of the total, will be transmitted to the Department of State presently.
The data conveyed in the List for the Army and Navy are brought to Washington by Major General Yang Chi-tseng, Chief of the Ordnance Department, accompanied by Brigadier General Chien Li, Deputy Chief of Military Transportation Department; Colonel Koo Hou-ying, Deputy Division Head of the Signal Department; Lieutenant Colonel Shao-chi Tong, Branch Head of the Field Service Division of the Ordnance Department; and Commander H. L. Huang, Assistant Executive Officer of the Navy Command Forces. It is to be added that the Chinese Government has also appointed Lieutenant General Chu Shih-ming to come to Washington to assist the Embassy in connection with the procurement of military supplies. He, conjointly with Lieutenant General Yang and his group, will supply technical information and handle matters pertaining to the procurement of the necessary ammunition and items of equipment for the Chinese Army and Navy.
The List for the Air Force is furnished by the Chinese Air Force through Lieutenant General P. T. Mow, Deputy Commanding General of the Chinese Air Force and concurrently Chief of the Office in the United States of the Chinese Air Force, who will undertake to perform the like functions in so far as the needs of the Chinese Air Force are concerned.
The said officers stand ready to supply any information or details of a technical nature as regards the requirements in their respective fields.
The Ambassador will be obliged if the Secretary would be good enough to indicate the agency or agencies of the United States Government which the above-mentioned representatives of the Chinese Government may contact and to which they may supply the necessary information with a view to clarifying the technical requirements of China’s armed services.