File No. 763.72115/3234a

The Secretary of State to the Minister in China ( Reinsch)


The French Ambassador has left at the Department a memorandum expressing the views of the French Government as to the treatment [Page 707] of enemy subjects in China. It urges their expulsion from China and internment in Australia which has been proposed by the British Government. Please report by cable (1) your opinion upon this proposal, (2) the number of persons who would be affected, (3) difficulties, if any, in the execution of the project, and (4) attitude of Chinese Government towards it.