The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Gauss)
1137. Your 1410, August 9, 1 p.m. We acquainted Bond with development mentioned leading to the recent delivery to the Aviation Commission of five transports, but we did not indicate that we or the Embassy thought that there was anything amiss in this disposition made of the transports. Bond was already aware in general of these developments, and also did not appear to think that the delivery to the Commission violated in any way CNAC’s rights. So [Page 678] far as the Department and Bond have been able to learn, the transports are to be used solely for military and official communications in the interior. Bond believes that China has sufficient pilots to operate the five planes. A detailed report23 of our conversation with Bond follows by airmail.
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