893.102S/2460: Telegram

The Consul General at Shanghai (Lockhart) to the Secretary of State

Reference Chungking’s April 8, 10 a.m., regarding period for which councilors will serve on provisional council.

It was originally proposed that period should be for 2 years but subsequently Japanese pressed for limitation to 1 year. As compromise measure it was finally agreed that councilors should serve for not less than 1 year and thereafter until their successors are elected or appointed, which it is hoped will be effected within a year or at any rate before the expiry of 2 years. British and Americans have no intention of prolonging plan beyond 2 years unless political situation should render permanent revision of land regulations impossible during that period.

Sent to Chungking. Repeated to Department and Peiping. Code text by air mail to Tokyo.