Executive Secretariat Files
Note by the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (Souers) to the Council
The Current Position of the United States Respecting Aid to China
At the request of the Secretary of Defense,22 the attached memorandum on the subject and its enclosed telegrams are submitted herewith for consideration by the National Security Council as Item 3 on the Revised Agenda for its 33rd Meeting on Thursday, February 3, 1949.
It is recommended that, if the Council adopts one of the courses of action in regard to the Military Aid Program for China, as recommended by the Secretary of Defense in paragraph 5 of the attached memorandum, the course of action adopted be submitted to the President with the recommendation that he approve it and direct that it be implemented by all appropriate Executive Departments and Agencies of the United States Government under the coordination of the Secretary of State.
- James Forrestal.↩
- Not found in Department of State files.↩
- Printed as enclosure to this document.↩
- Ante, p. 478.↩
- See telegram No. 41, January 14, from the Consul General at Peiping, vol. viii, “Political and military situation in China”, chapter I.↩
- Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.↩
- Acting President of the Republic of China; Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek had retired on January 21 as President of China.↩