Lot 268: Chinese foreign minister (1881–1958) who served from 1937 to 1941; a close associate of China's founding father, Sun Yat-sen. TLS signed "Wang Chung Hui," one page, 8 x 11, Republic of China Ministry of Foreign Affairs letterhead, March 22, 1937. Letter to Jose Carpio reads, in full: "I am in receipt of your letter of March 10th. It is very kind of you to write me this encouraging message, for which I should like to express my hearty thanks. In taking up my present duties, it is my earnest wish to bring about some sort of settlement of our outstanding issues and to promote friendly relations between China and her neighbors." With moderate creasing to upper left corner and two small chips to edges, otherwise fine condition. The year this letter was penned was Wang's first in office as foreign minister—a post he would hold for five years; it was a chaotic time during which Japanese invasion would kill millions of Chinese civilians. Six months after he mailed this correspondence, on August 21, 1937, he signed the Sino-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, guaranteeing the Soviet Union's financial support of the Kuomintang government.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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