793.94/7001: Telegram

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

242. Legation’s 236, June 2, 2 p.m.

Yu Hsueh-chung left Tientsin yesterday afternoon for Paoting.
Hankow Consulate telegraphs Chiang Kai-shek expected there end of week and that Chang Hsueh-liang flew to Chengtu yesterday.
Despatch from Tsinanfu Consulate, received today, states Japanese Consul General there pressing for Mayor’s dismissal and the removal of Chang Hung-lieh, Commissioner of Reconstruction. Han Fu-chu is stated to be much concerned over these developments and it [he] is disposed to believe that they have some relation to the general North China ambitions of the Japanese.
Several changes in personnel of political organizations here have already occurred and it is predicted more are to follow.

Repeated to Nanking and Tokyo.

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