861.77/2088: Telegram

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

[Paraphrase]

203. My telegram of May 21, no. 192.7 The new Minister of Communications has appointed Wang Director of the Railroad Bureau. This is an important position and the appointment is a promotion for Wang. Wang’s position on the Technical Board is to be taken by Liu Ching-shan, his appointee. In further conversation with Wang he referred voluntarily to rumors regarding possible increased power for the Technical Board and international control of the railway. He made the statement that personally he would not of necessity be opposed if there were made a new international agreement. He said, however, that he would be opposed to extending the powers of the Technical Board if the extension were based on the agreement now in operation.

Crane
  1. See telegram no. 173, May 21, from the Chargé in Japan, supra.