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RUMOURS FLY

TOPICS AT POTSDAM

Peace Feelers And Russia's

Attitude To Pacific

N.Z.P.A. Special Correspondent

Rec. 10 a.m.

LONDON, July 19.

Despite the lack of" "hard" news from Potsdam there is a spate of rumours and speculation. The chief of these concern Japanese peace feelers and surrender offers, Russia's entry into the war, and in the case of Japan, a relaxation of the unconditional surrender formula.

It is felt that Russia's attitude may be considerably influenced by Generalissimo Stalin's recent talks with the Chinese Prime Minister, Dr. Soong, but it is regarded as unlikely that Britain or America will make a direct request at Potsdam for Russia to declare war against Japan.

Another rumour is that the Yugoslav leader, Marshal Tito, has arrived at Potsdam, but this is also unconfirmed. The presence of FieldMarshal Sir Harold Alexander suggests, however, that the BalkansMediterranean area will be discussed.

Dr. Soong incidentally has arrived at Chungking, where the People's Political Council is in session. It has passed a resolution urging the Government to conclude mutual aid pacts and military alliances with Russia, Britain and France. It has suggested that these should be on the lines of the British-Soviet and French-Soviet treaties on a 20-year term.

It is noted with interest that the Russian Ambassador to China returned to Chungking with Dr. Soong, and it is assumed that they will continue to work on whatever foundations were laid in the Moscow discussions, at which Manchuria is believed to have been one of the most important and delicate problems considered.

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RUMOURS FLY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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RUMOURS FLY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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