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The Minister-Counselor of Embassy in China (Clark) to the Secretary of State

Cantel 729. Hollington Tong,5 who insists he did not come Canton in connection Gimo6 visit, tells me purpose Gimo’s coming here is try iron out differences which have arisen among various leaders Kmt and those between himself and Li Tsung-jen. Tong says Gimo hopes persuade Li remain President and that he, Gimo, will give Li full support in that office. Nevertheless as head Kmt and as “revolutionary leader” Gimo feels he has certain responsibilities to rally support for continued resistance Commie advance. Therefore, after completing business Canton, Gimo plans visit Chungking, Chengtu and possibly Lanchow. Tong says there are many differences among leaders those areas which Gimo hopes to remove. He anticipates Gimo will then return Taiwan to “retirement”.

Sent Department Cantel 729, repeated Nanking 485, Shanghai 418.

  1. Director of the information department of the Kuomintang leadership office.
  2. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.