File No. 861.77/480

The Chargé in China (MacMurray) to the Secretary of State


Your telegram September 13, 6 p.m. I beg to repeat my request for information about the progress of negotiations with European Allies concerning the Siberian railways. So complete is the domination [Page 256] of Japanese influence over the present Chinese Cabinet that I feel it is unlikely this Government will dare to act upon our proposal unless assured that the project has the support of all other Allies.

I am in doubt whether the final paragraph of your telegram above cited is to be construed as waiving insistence upon elimination of Horvat.

I beg to request an immediate reply inasmuch as these points will prove of primary importance in determining the attitude of the Chinese Government.