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

17. Embassy’s 15, January 13, 4 p.m.

It has been announced that General Sung will appoint (without Nanking’s approval) Shih Yu San as commander of the Peace Preservation Corps of Peiping. Sung has asked, however, that the Government cancel the existing order for Shih’s arrest. Shih is regarded as a renegade and has frequently caused disturbances.
There are reports that Sun Tien Ying, who revolted in 1934, and Liu Kuei-tang, who ravaged the countryside in that year, may be given posts by Sung.
The Economic Committee of the Hopei-Chahar Political Council was inaugurated January 11th. It is understood that its first problem is to assist the shopkeepers of Peiping, of whom 5,000 are in difficulties, to tide over Chinese New Year (January 24).
It is reported that the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Council will be inaugurated January 15 or 16 with Chen Chung Fu as head. Chen who has been living recently in Tientsin, resided 20 years in Japan where he assisted Sun Yat Sen prior to the revolution. He is said to be a violent opponent of Chiang Kai Shek.
It is understood that Sung and Itagaki plan to leave Peiping together today or tomorrow for Tientsin for discussion of the North China situation.