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To Lieutenant General Albert C. Wedemeyer
February 12, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 184. [Chungking, China]
I am now at this moment in conference with Dr. T. V. Soong. He brings up this point in connection with prospective food shortages in China: the urgent necessity of repatriating Japanese from Kwantung province where a food shortage threatens and also from Hainan Island and from Formosa where similar shortages are in prospect. We have to balance the military threat of their presence in Northern China against food shortage problem just referred to. Please talk this over with Admiral Cooke and let me hear from you as soon as possible.1 I favor meeting Dr. Soong’s request so far as possible.
Another subject: Inform General Johnson surplus property administrator2 that Doctor Soong has agreed to the offset principle on transaction but not including special basis of settlement for Kiangnan Dock affair on which all parties now apparently agree. This agreement of Doctor Soong will settle the Calcutta stockpile including the trucks.3
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. The editors have not found a reply by Wedemeyer, who was in Chungking February 15-16 and may have commented orally.
2. Executive Order 9630 of September 27, 1945, terminated the Foreign Economic Administration and transferred to the State Department the disposition of surplus property owned by the U.S. but located in foreign areas. The department established the Office of the Foreign Liquidation Commission, whose field commissioner for China and Eastern Areas was Brigadier General Bernhard A. Johnson.
3. On the dock and the trucks, see note 4, Draft Statement, February 4, 1946, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-347 [5: 443].
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. 452.