The Ambassador in China (Gauss) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 21.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s instruction, No. 638 , of May 3d, 1944, enclosing copy of a letter and memorandum from The National Foreign Trade Council, Inc.,16 in regard to the registration of American firms under Chinese laws and regulations, I have the honor to report that the memorandum of the Council was brought informally to the attention of the Minister of Economic Affairs by the Embassy under date of May 30th, and I am now in receipt of the Minister’s reply, with attached memorandum, dated June 23d. Careful translations of the Minister’s reply and memorandum have been made at the Embassy and are enclosed herewith.17 At the same time, I send a copy of the Chinese text of the Minister’s letter and memorandum. The memorandum will doubtless clear a number of the questions raised by the Foreign Trade Council memorandum; but it is likely that the registration requirements will not be found generally acceptable to all American companies.[Page 992]
I expect to have a personal interview with Dr. Wong Wen-hao, the Minister of Economic Affairs, in regard to this matter within the next few days, and will report further to the Department on the subject immediately thereafter. In order, however, that the information given by the Ministry in reply to the National Foreign Trade Council memorandum may be available as promptly as possible in Washington, I hasten to send the copies of the Minister’s letter and memorandum by the first available means.