893.102S/1745: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Peck) to the Secretary of State

136. Shanghai’s 141, February 23, 8 p.m., paragraph 5. In reply to my inquiry, the Secretary in charge of the British Diplomatic Mission informed me February 24, 2 p.m., that he had written a letter to General Chiang Kai Shek13 under instructions from the British Ambassador asking that steps be taken to discourage terrorism in the International Settlement and that Chiang had sent him an oral reply to the effect that strict order had been telegraphed to the persons concerned. While I share the impression that these assassinations [Page 7] receive inspiration from Government or party sources I shall of course make no representations without specific instructions from the Department.

Repeated to Peiping, Shanghai.

  1. Chairman of the Chinese Supreme National Defense Council and leader of the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party).