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

252. Associated Press under Shanghai date line October 18 reports as follows:

“Japan’s long-held wish to establish airlines to China was reported today by Chinese newspapers to have been fulfilled.

Gen. Sung Cheh Yuan, Chairman of the Political Council governing the semiautonomous Hopei and Chahar Provinces, signed an [Page 360]agreement at Peiping with Japanese representatives providing for establishment of air routes between several North China points and Japan, the newspapers said.”

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