The American Ambassador in China (Gauss) to the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs (Soong)33
My Dear Dr. Soong: With reference to our conversation last evening, on the subject of Chinese students and technicians intending to proceed to the United States, I enclose a memorandum, based on my instructions from Washington, indicating the information desired by my Government in this matter.
We have, from time to time, requested to be informed of the plans as they have progressed, but so far I have been unable to communicate anything definitive to my Government.
Let me repeat that the Department of State and American educational institutions as well as business concerns that may offer training facilities welcome the opportunity to assist in China’s war effort and postwar preparations.[Page 1137]
The request for official information concerning educational and training plans is prompted by the common desire to forestall any unfortunate developments and to bring about the best possible results.
I might add that the Embassy also desires information in order that it may deal promptly with passport visa applications and the usual formalities when the students and technicians are ready to proceed to the United States.
I am [etc.]
- Copy transmitted to the Department by the Chargé in China in his despatch No. 3167, November 21; received December 1.↩