893.01 Inner Mongolia/52: Telegram

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

34. Embassy’s 33, January 23, 5 p.m.

According to Chinese and Mongol sources, the National Government decreed January 25 the establishment of an “autonomous” Political Council for the Mongols in Suiyuan Province, the capital to be at a place south of Paotou and the Council’s head to be the leader of the Ordos League. A reliable informant states that the Council is to have control of Pailingmiao and other territory in Suiyuan belonging to Teh Wang but that Teh is not to be permitted to participate in the new government.
This action on the part of the National Government ought to alienate completely the sympathies for the Chinese of Teh Wang and Mongols in Chahar and cause them to throw in their lot with the Japanese and Li Shou Hsin entirely. Furthermore, the Mongols believe that an agent of the National Government was responsible for the assassination January 23 between Changpei and Kanggan of [Page 30]an important Mongol representative. It is to be expected that events in Inner Mongolia in China may be accelerated as an outcome of these two occurrences.

By mail to Tokyo.