893.05/278: Telegram

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

194. 1. Following message from the Minister received through American Consul General at Shanghai:

“Please inform interested Ministers that I have today discussed with C. T. Wang question of appointment of Chinese official to facilitate implementing court agreement. Dr. Wang has appointed Hsu Mo as his representative for this purpose and asks that interested Ministers appoint representatives, preferably those who negotiated agreement, to discuss questions with China’s representative. I for my part am prepared to appoint Jacobs for this purpose insofar as American interests are concerned.”

2. I have sent the following reply:

“March 14, 3 p.m. (1) Your March 13, 5 p.m., for the Minister. Minister Johnson’s telegram was discussed at meeting today of interested [Page 343] diplomatic representatives (American, Brazilian, British, Dutch and French); Japanese representative also present. It was agreed that foreign representation to facilitate implementing court agreement should consist of committee of two members, Brenan7 and Jacobs.

(2) I was requested to suggest that, if you concurred in this arrangement, you notify Minister of Foreign Affairs on behalf of interested Heads of Legation. Department informed. Repeated to Nanking.”

For the Minister:
  1. Telegram in two sections.
  2. John Fitzgerald Brenan, British Consul General at Shanghai.