893.796/373a: Telegram

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

838. In an interview in Washington Chang Kia-ngau, head of the Chinese delegation currently discussing aviation with American officials, is reported to have said that China favored “in principle” an international agreement on right of innocent passage, right of commercial entry and traffic regulations as means of assuring that aviation would be properly developed and become a potent instrument for preservation of peace. Chang said the Chinese Government is ready to cooperate with United States and other members of United Nations in pursuing a policy of eliminating as much as possible obstacles that impeded rational development of international aviation before the war and also in developing a satisfactory network of airways which will not only facilitate transportation among various parts of the globe but be instrumental in world security.