The Chinese Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Ten), Temporarily in London, to the Secretary of State7
Dr. Soong, now in Rome, has asked me to convey to Your Excellency in his name the following communication:—
“In the course of conversations which I have been privileged to have with the President and Your Excellency I explained the desire of the Chinese Government to make immediate progress with plans of economic reconstruction in China and their desire that this reconstruction should be based upon collaboration between China and other countries which have been associated with Chinese economic development in the past.
“I have come to the conclusion that the first step to take with a view to this end is to constitute a Consultative Committee including both Chinese and foreign members to advise the Chinese Government as to the best methods and programme to adopt. The nature and purpose of this Committee are described in the enclosed draft letter of invitation.[Page 496]
“I intend to invite certain of the prominent citizens of your country to act as members of the Committee, as well as of France, Great Britain, Germany and Italy.
“I trust that your Government will be sympathetic towards the effort that the Chinese Government is making towards its reconstruction and will do what it can to facilitate this effort.
“I have been discussing generally the above matter with Mr. T. W. Lamont,8 who as you know has been interested in Chinese affairs for a long time.
“I intend to come to London in the near future to talk over the matter more fully with you.”