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

282. Following from American Consul General at Nanking:

“March 27, 5 p.m. I am reliably informed that Chiang Kai-shek, Wang Ching-wei and 13 other members of the National Defense Council held conference this morning in regard to interrelated military and police [political] problems. It is expected that the conference will be extended for several days. Question of who shall be president of the Executive Yuan has not yet been decided.”