026 China/7–1849

Memorandum by the Secretary of State of a Conversation With President Truman

Chinese White Paper

The President told me that Mr. Clifford had reported to him that the White Paper, as edited, was greatly improved and was, in Mr. Clifford’s judgment, an excellent paper. The President was pleased by this.

I pointed out the difficulties which might arise through our consultation with the Military on the subject. The President does not wish to have the Paper “watered down” and will give us all possible assistance in dealing with the Military.

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