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Item 191 - Chiang Kai-shek Catalog 595 (Nov 2020)

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Rare LS in Chinese, signed at the conclusion by Chiang Kai-shek, two pages, 8.5 x 11.5, April 14, 1947. Letter to General Glen Edgerton, director of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration's China office (UNRRA). In part (translated): "Your letter dated March 11, 1947 has been duly received. In my instruction order Chu Ching #86 dated July 6, 1946, I ordered that all concerned organizations and troops should render all possible help and facilities to the work of relief and rehabilitation. In compliance with your request, I have repeated the said order to the Executive Yuan for transmitting to its subordinate organizations." In fine condition, with some tiny pin holes to the upper left corner of each page.

Accompanied by UNRRA translations of the letter and of the order discussed, which begins: "The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration has been sending here supplies in large quantities. No discrimination should be made regarding race, creed or political views in the allocation and distribution of these supplies. All concerned organizations, especially military ones and troops should give all possible help to the work of relief and rehabilitation. In all cases, priority should be given to the transportation of relief workers and supplies."

The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration was established in 1943 to coordinate relief for victims of the Second World War in areas liberated from Axis control. Between 1944 and 1947, China became the recipient of UNRRA’s largest distribution of aid by value to any single country—$535 million—as it recovered from the Second Sino-Japanese War, which ended as part of the Japanese surrender in WWII. A significant letter as Chiang aimed to rebuild his nation.

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