893.00/15284: Telegram

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

422. Army headquarters here has just informed us of another serious attack on an Arlc [Army] convoy February 19 some 40 miles east of Amichow–Kaiyuan, Yunnan, by 100 to 200 well-armed and apparently well-disciplined men (Embassy despatch 2098, January 3118 and previous. One American soldier was wounded and certain cargo carried by [convoy], including arms and ammunition, was taken.

I am seeking appointment with Foreign Minister and will expect to leave with him written representations along lines of last two paragraphs of Department’s telegram 92, January 1 [18], 8 [10] p.m.19

His [In] conversation with Counselor of Embassy on February 26, Political Vice Foreign Minister stated in strictest confidence, referring to attacks of October 19 and January 11, that he himself felt “outraged” over incidents and that Generalissimo was exercised over them but that National Government found itself in a very difficult position [Page 1105] due to delicacy of its relations with Chairman Lung Yun of Yunnan Provincial Government.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Not printed; it reported oral statement of January 17, p. 1099 (893.00/15232).