893.00/13469: Telegram

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

203. 1. Paragraph 3 of Embassy’s 191, April 16, 3 p.m. The Reconstruction Committee of the Hopei-Chahar Political Council was inaugurated April 20 with General Men Chih Chung as chairman. Men is a member of the Council and a former divisional commander of Feng Yu Hsiang. Men stated that duties of the Committee will be highway construction, river conservancy, mining, and agricultural works.

2. General Chin Teh Chun, Mayor of Peiping, and General Chen Chi Yen, Peiping Commissioner of Public Safety, both of whom are subordinates of Sung Che Yuan, have been appointed superintendent and assistant superintendent respectively of the National Library of Peiping and of the Palace Museum. These appointments indicate the continuing extension of control by Sung’s group over organs in Hopei Province of the National Government. A subordinate of General Sung has told the Embassy that the appointments have been made in order that the Hopei-Chahar Political Council may know what is going on in these two institutions.

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