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To Colonel Marshall S. Carter
August 2, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 1226. [Nanking, China]
Suggested proviso in your WAR-96049 concerning delivery of equipment and ammunition to the Chinese Army appears possibly too rigid to be included in contracts.1 Your general idea appears correct and might be reworded so as to leave our statesmen more freedom in determining future policy. Suggest possible rewording to read, “It is the desire of the United States Government that these munitions be destined for an integrated and representative National Army under a coalition government. It is to be understood by the Chinese Government that if at the time for delivery, it appears to be in the best interests of the United States, this contract can be terminated unilaterally by the United States subject to such financial adjustments as may be subsequently negotiated.”2
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. For the previous communication on this subject, see Marshall to Carter, July 26, 1946, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-512 [5: 636-37]. Carter’s WAR-96049 suggested the following proviso: “In making these arrangements, the Chinese government assures the U.S. government that the equipment is destined for an integrated and representative national army under a reasonable coalition government, and understands fully that if such is not the case at the time of delivery, or if it appears to be in the best interest of the U S, arrangements will be terminated unilaterally by the U. S. subject to such financial adjustments as may be subsequently negotiated.” (Carter to Marshall, Radio No. WAR-90649, July 31, 1946, NA/RG 59 [Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, Carter Correspondence].)
2. For further developments, see Marshall to Carter, August 11, 1946, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-529 [5: 652-53].
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 642.