711.933/377: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)

4534. Your 5159, September 15, 4 p.m., extraterritoriality.

We are considering Ashley Clarke’s comments with regard to Shanghai.
Please inform the British Foreign Office that Ambassador Gauss has been informed with regard to this matter in strict confidence. He has indicated that he would favor the conclusion of comprehensive treaties rather than brief treaties. We are telling him that the British Government concurs in our general views upon the question as a whole; that it favors limiting action at present to the conclusion of brief treaties; and that his comments are being studied. He is also being told that the British Government proposes to inform the British Ambassador at Chungking and has suggested that consultation between the British Ambassador and himself would be useful. Ambassador Gauss is being authorized to discuss the subject with his British colleague if the latter should so desire.