893.74/699: Telegram

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


141. Substance of your essential points in telegram number 243, June 11, 6 p.m. was communicated to Radio Corporation. In reply July 12 the Radio Corporation agreed that the communication to the Government of China be worded in accord with suggestions of your third paragraph and stated that to do so will leave them free under the sanction of the Secretary of State to proceed, in case they desired to do so, as was outlined to the Minister in the Secretary’s telegram of May 14, 2 p.m., No. 97; that they have at present no idea of “abandoning a release on” the Federal contract even though they were to begin negotiating with the other radio interests. General Harbord said he agreed with the views of the Minister and Colonel Davis that a consortium or any other form of international cooperation for radio communication with China should involve the control and operation of each separate station by one foreign interest in conjunction with the Chinese. The reply further stated that the Far Eastern representative of the Radio Corporation, Colonel Curtis H. Nance, who is at Manila now, had been designated as Davis’ successor and instructed to write to you. In communicating with the Chinese Government, you will be guided by the views of the Radio Corporation as expressed above.