893.00/4–2949: Telegram

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

Cantel 302. After more than hour with Prime Minister Ho Ying-chin, the question still remains unresolved as to whether the chicken was going to come before the egg, he insisting that further effective resistance to Communist advance was impossible without American aid [Page 676] and I maintaining it to be inconceivable that Congress would vote more American aid unless there was successful resistance to Communist[s] with victories and economic reforms indicating possibility effective alternative to Communist-dominated China. He was obviously very despondent and gave an impression of helplessness coupled with hopelessness. Finally, upon his insistence I agreed send following message my government:

Chinese Government is determined continue resisting Communism with all its resources, even resorting to guerrilla warfare if necessary. Unless American aid is forthcoming, immediate result will in end be disastrous to cause of democracy and to the interests of the US. Prime Minister hopes therefore that American Government can see its way clear to support National Government with further aid without delay.

Sent Department, repeated Nanking 237, Shanghai 190.