The Ambassador in China ( Gauss ) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 16.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Embassy’s telegram no. 1653 November [September] 8, 10 a.m.22 and previous correspondence, in [Page 1082] regard to the abolition of opium smoking in territories freed from enemy occupation, and to enclose a copy of a statement read by Dr. K. C. Wu, Political Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, at a press conference on November 24, 1943 in which satisfaction is expressed in regard to a statement issued on November 10 by the British and Netherlands Governments announcing their decision that opium smoking will be prohibited and opium monopolies will not be reestablished in their territories to be freed from Japanese occupation.
In the second paragraph of the statement reference is made to the problem of opium smoking in the Far Eastern territories of “certain powers” where most of the victims were Chinese who, although they would have been severely punished for smoking opium in China, “were allowed freely to indulge in this vice” in those territories. In response to a correspondent’s question as to the identity of these “certain powers” Dr. Wu is reported to have replied that it was the intention of the Chinese Government not to make names too clear.
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