793.94 Advisory Committee/151: Telegram (part air)

The Consul at Geneva (Bucknell) to the Secretary of State

137. Hoo41 informs me in confidence that at the coming Council China will adopt very much the same tactics as at the last Council meeting. She will attempt if possible to obtain a stronger resolution [Page 339] and the setting up of a small permanent committee along the same lines as envisaged formerly. He said that he was not sure how far the British and French would be willing to go to meet the Chinese requests since it now appeared that they were hopeful of detaching Japan from the Axis and appeared unwilling to do anything capable of offending that country. However should the setting up of a small permanent committee be possible the Chinese would welcome the presence of an American observer on this committee in the same way as was done in the Committee of Twenty-three42 which is still in existence although not in session.

  1. Victor Chitsai Hoo, Chinese Minister in Switzerland.
  2. For the American position, see telegram No. 86, March 11, 1933, 8 p.m., to the Minister in Switzerland, Foreign Relations, Japan, 1931–1941, vol. i, p. 117.