The Secretary of State to The Chargé in China (Peck)
Washington, April 3, 1939—8 p.m.
63. Your 222, March 29, 9 a.m., and 226, March 30, 10 a.m.33
- Please make suitable acknowledgment of the note quoted in your 222, March 29, 9 a.m., and state, as suggested in your 226, that shortly after the Chinese note of July 28 was received by the Embassy the Department received a similar communication from the Chinese Embassy at Washington34 and returned a reply in the sense indicated in the last paragraph of the Department’s 469, July 30, 2 p.m., to Shanghai.35 Please state also that the American Consul General at Shanghai is being requested to communicate to the authorities of the International Settlement the substance of the Chinese Foreign Office note of March 23.
- At the same time the Department suggests that, as upon your own initiative, you seek an opportunity to point out orally and informally to an appropriate official of the Chinese Foreign Office that the Government of the United States is only one of several governments interested in the International Settlement.
- Shanghai please transmit informally to the appropriate Settlement officials the substance of the note quoted in Chungking’s 222, March 29, 9 a.m.
Repeated to Peiping and Shanghai.