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

469. My 458, December 22, 4 p.m.51 Paikes in newspaper interview states:

“Soviet Russia is ready to abide by all of her public declarations regarding the return of this line to China and it is my mission in Peking to negotiate for the restoration of the line to the Chinese Government and people absolutely free of any financial and economic charges. In return Soviet Russia expects China to give an adequate guarantee that the railway will not be turned over wholly or in part to any third powers.”

Other conditions presumably political alluded to but unrevealed. Paikes added that Chita and Moscow in agreement on those.

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