125.0093/311a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (Mayer)

96. American business interests having business in the Yangtze Valley, and particularly in Hunan and Szechwan, are becoming somewhat disturbed over what appears to be advantageous situation of competitors due to re-establishment of consular representation by British and Japanese at Changsha and Chungking, and express the feeling that these conditions can only be ameliorated in so far as they are concerned when American consulates at those places have been re-established and business offices can count upon the local representation that such offices assure. The Department, as you know, is very anxious to have offices reopened at the earliest possible date.

Repeat to MacMurray.