893.51/7663: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Gauss)

118. Your 11, January 4, 4 p.m.

The matter mentioned in the first sentence of your telegram under reference apparently refers to the same matter as that dealt with in your telegram no. 36, January 7, 6 p.m.,8 containing a message from Adler9 to the Secretary of the Treasury.10 The Department understands that the Treasury Department is preparing reply for discussion with us.
With regard to the desire indicated by various Chinese officials to have a technically qualified American visit China in the near future to discuss various postwar economic problems in China, plans and thinking here have not become definitive and are still in a process of gradual formulation. It would therefore seem best that this Government not attempt to make a hurried decision in reference to the subject presented in the last part of your telegram. We shall continue to keep the matter in mind and to give it special thought. Perhaps such information and views as the Minister for Foreign Affairs may impart to us upon his return to Washington will have a bearing upon the matter and thus be helpful to us in our consideration thereof.11
  1. Not printed.
  2. Solomon Adler, alternate American member of the Chinese Stabilization Board.
  3. Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
  4. Notation by the Chief of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs (Hamilton): “Shown to and concurred in by Mr. Currie. M. M. H.”