File No. 861.77/480
The Chargé in China (MacMurray) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 16, 4.19 p.m.]
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.