893.24/1597: Telegram

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

679. Reference Embassy’s 754, May 22, 9 a.m. in regard to provisional regulations of the Ministry of Finance for extending favorable treatment to the Embassies and Consulates in connection with the conversion of foreign exchange into national currency to meet their expenses.

Department approves Embassy’s position as indicated in first sentence of paragraph numbered 2.
However, in the event that the Ministry of Finance presses for an early reply in regard to the regulations mentioned, it is suggested that the Embassy intimate orally that it has been our hope that this matter could be taken care of by the inclusion of certain financial provisions in an agreement for reciprocal aid and that the draft of such an agreement, including financial provisions, was in fact handed to Dr. Soong on May 15 for the consideration of the Chinese Government.