893.00/11195: Telegram

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

818. Following telegram has been sent to American Consul General at Shanghai:

“September 16, 9 p.m. [Paraphrase.] Today Quo Tai-chi33 called to say that it was very likely Mr. Tong Shao-yi34 would approach you in order to transmit to the Legation a message for Wang Ching-wei. I pointed out, in reply, the possible impropriety if complying with such a request involved American officials in transmitting a message having a political character. It would appear advisable not to accept any message for transmission pending approval by the Department. Repeated to the Department. [End paraphrase.]”

For the Minister:
  1. Representative of Wang Ching-wei.
  2. Veteran member of the Kuomintang.