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

No. 1233

Sir: There is enclosed herewith a memorandum21 summarizing an article which appeared in the Daily Bulletin of the China Information Committee for May 24, on the subject of a meeting held in Chungking by about 100 Chinese from the South Seas, to discuss their post-war policies.

It will be observed that, according to the Bulletin, the South Seas Chinese are primarily interested in recovering their properties after the war and in improving their legal status in the various areas where they have their enterprises. They feel that in the past they have not been given equality of treatment in most of the political entities of the South Seas and south-east Asia.

With regard to their own post-war policies, the principal speaker at the meeting mentioned in the Bulletin urged that overseas Chinese devote their capital and energies to rebuilding Chinese enterprises in [Page 857] the South Seas, thus cooperating with the reconstruction effort at home by supplying various materials needed in China and by helping in the distribution of Chinese goods, rather than by investing their money in industry in China.

Respectfully yours,

George Atcheson, Jr.
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