393.1121 Wong Bock Yue/19: Telegram

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

239. Your 565, July 11, 7 p.m. On the basis of the facts set forth in your paragraph 2 the Department is of the opinion that the Legation would not be warranted in further contesting exercise of jurisdiction by the Chinese authorities over Wong Bock Yue. Nevertheless the Department desires that the Legation in replying to the communication received from the Diplomatic Bureau shall make it clear that this Government desires prompt and full information in regard to the treatment accorded to Wong since entirely apart from questions [Page 526]relating to exercise of jurisdiction the fact remains that by reason of his birth in the United States Wong acquired American nationality under American law.

Stimson