393.1121 Wong Bock Yue/12: Telegram

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

216. Your 507, June 27, 11 a.m.

Three sections your telegram received. The Legation should assert Wong’s American citizenship and demand custody of his person. The Legation may of course point out that accusation against Wong may be filed with the Consular Court.
In view of the apparent jeopardy to the life of Wong, the Department desires that every effort be made to remove this jeopardy before any investigation shall be made of matter of dual nationality or other questions of jurisdiction. Your demand for the custody of Wong should be in the name of this Government and should state that this Government expects the Peiping authorities to deliver Wong immediately and unharmed to American authorities.