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This was the decided view expressed by General Patrick Hurley, the American ambassador to China on 9 August 1945. It was compatible with the official American policy to boost the Koumin-tang prestige and to impress upon the Chinese people that they were an integral part of the Allies’ victory over Japan. It was in accordance with this policy that Chiang Kai-shek was asked by the American Secretary of State to notify him of the designation of the officer he wished to act as his representative in the acceptance of the surrender of Japan along with the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, General Douglas MacArthur.2 Chiang Kai-shek was likewise informed that MacArthur would direct the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters to have the Japanese forces in China (other than those opposing the Russians in Manchuria) surrender unconditionally to him, or to his subordinate commanders.3
KeywordsBritish Government American Officer British Officer Supreme Commander China Theatre
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