811.42793/1071: Telegram

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

425. Embassy’s telegram no. 416, March 21, 9 a.m. The Department awaits with interest the Embassy’s despatch giving further details concerning the sending of six Chinese intellectuals. If the Embassy believes it would be expedient, the appropriate Chinese authorities might be informed that every effort will be made to make the residence in America of these distinguished persons profitable and pleasant.

In order to avoid possible misunderstanding, however, it would be desirable for the Embassy to bring to the attention of the Chinese authorities informally the fact that there is little likelihood of these [Page 736] individuals obtaining air passage for return to China and that all forms of transport in that direction are likely to be congested for a long time.