General Stilwell, who was Chief of Staff to the Supreme Commander of the China Theater, Chiang Kai-shek, twice ordered separate senior American subordinates, who did not know each other, to draft contingency plans to assassinate Chiang. The first occasion came shortly after Stilwell had heard a rumor in Chongqing that Chiang was about to ask his recall. The second time he gave such an order he claimed that “the big boy” (i.e. President Roosevelt) had ordered up the plan. There is no evidence Roosevelt did such a thing but every reason to believe, including Stilwell’s “black book,” that it was not true. In each case when the subordinate officer returned with a plan, Stilwell said it had been decided not to go ahead with it.