1. You will recall my discussions regarding the importance to the
British Commonwealth of flying the Union Jack in the impending
operations in the Pacific  and my recent cable regarding a
British Naval Force associating with the present command in the
Philippines attack.  I wish to emphasise this matter now.
2. There is developing in America a hope that they will be able to
say they won the Pacific war by themselves, even though they seek
the maximum aid hoping to keep the publicity regarding British
3. I am deeply concerned at the position that would arise in our
Far East Empire if any considerable American opinion were to hold
that America fought a war on principle in the Far East and won it
relatively unaided while the other Allies, including ourselves,
did very little towards recovering our lost property.
4. I put this matter to you frankly as one of deep and far-
reaching consequence to our future role and prestige in the