The Minister in China ( Schurman ) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 17—7:40 a.m.]
81. My 76, March 12, 11 a.m., and 78, March 13, 6 p.m. Cabinet has not yet adopted Karakhan-Wang agreement. Cabinet intimates in [apparent omission] that the hitch is over Mongolia but political and personal rivalries in the Government probably more potent. From best available Soviet sources it is learned Karakhan has placed time limit on negotiations which is to expire March 19th. Koo confirms this confidentially to the extent of saying there was a time limit.