America's Failure in China, 1941-50

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CHAPTER XI

PARTIAL WITHDRAWAL,
LIMITED ASSISTANCE,
AND
THE DECISION
TO ABANDON
CHINA
1947-1948

A. The Hypothetical Alternatives and the Middle Course

After the failure of his effort to achieve a political settlement between the Kuomintang and the Communists, Marshall returned to the United States to assume the post of secretary of state. On January 8, 1947, just before he left China, he asked Ambassador Stuart for his opinion on the future policy of the United States toward China. In his usual vague and restrained manner, Stuart outlined three possible courses of action: first, to give active assistance to the Nationalist government, conditioning American aid on Nationalist reform; second, to drift along with no strong program; and third, to withdraw entirely from any participation in Chinese affairs. He added that he was all for the first alternative but would much prefer the third to the second.1 He realized that, if the United States followed the second course of action, she would antagonize every section of Chinese opinion. "The government leaders would charge us with desertion, the Communists with partisanship, and the intellectuals, speaking for the helpless masses, with imperialistic intrusion."2 American action would merely prolong the civil war without preventing a Communist victory. The large reservoir of good will for the United States among the Chinese people would be destroyed by the belief that she was supporting a "rotten gov

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John Leighton Stuart, Fifty Years in China ( New York: Random House, 1954), pp. 178-79.

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