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FAR EASTERN WAR Speculation On Absence From Potsdam Findings N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 12.30 p.m. LONDON, Aug. 3. The Japanese Domei News Agency noted that the Potsdam communique "conspicuously failed to make any reference to the Pacific or the war against Japan. The Big Three's failure to produce anything bearing on the Pacific war was contrary to all predictions of British and American propagandists." The Press Association military correspondent says the question of Russian intervention in the Far East remains unanswered. The general opinion is that British and the Empire forces would concentrate in the southern sphere of operations, with the object of liberating Singapore and other lost possessions, while the Americans would deal exclusively with areas further north. The establishment of a new British Command, operating entirely and separately from the South-east Asia Command, was a possibility. The Manchester Guardian diplomatic correspondent says the brief announcement of the meetings between the Allied Chiefs of Staff must relate to the Far Eastern war. There can hardly be any doubt that Russia took part in these conversations, the correspondent says, and what was not said in the records will probably be revealed in field action quite soon. It is a good omen that the messages from Chungking confirm the belief in improving relations and contacts between Russia and China, he continues, a prelude, perhaps, to understanding between the two Great Powers of the East.

According to these reports, the recent conversations led to some agreement in meeting Russia's special interest in the Manchurian railway and port facilities.

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RUSSIA'S ROLE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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RUSSIA'S ROLE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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