The Chargé in China (Atcheson) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 16.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s telegram no. 602, May 10, 10 p.m., in regard to the Industrial Reconstruction Planning Conference held in Chungking from April 26 to May 6, as well as the Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Chinese Economic Society, there is enclosed herewith a memorandum of conversation between Dr. Wong Wen-hao, Minister of Economic Affairs and the Embassy’s Commercial Attaché.
The Embassy hopes to be able to forward additional information on this subject in the near future and will also report as completely as possible on other scheduled conferences, including a Production Conference to be held early in June, under the auspices of the National Mobilization Board, and a conference of the Supreme National Defense Council, to be held at the end of May, in which the Central Planning Board is expected to play a prominent part.
It is not believed that anything of particular importance came out of the Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Chinese Economic Society. According to a member, it was not attended by any prominent officials and did not agree on any recommendations as to economic reconstruction. [Page 855] The Embassy is endeavoring to obtain additional information on the subject.
It is believed that the enclosed memorandum and future reports on the subject may be of interest to the Board of Economic Warfare and to the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce.