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

No. 680

The Secretary of State acknowledges the receipt of the Embassy’s despatch No. 2546, of May 10, 1944, transmitting the translation of a note from the Minister for Foreign Affairs dated May 3, 1944,39 asking that a specialist in feature writing and one in news editing be [Page 1145] appointed to fill vacancies in the number of the specialists sent by the Department under the cultural relations program caused by the return to the United States of Mr. Frank T. Buchner and Mr. Floyd Taylor.

It is requested that, unless the Ambassador believes some other course preferable, the Minister for Foreign Affairs be informed that the Department appreciates the importance attached by the Ministry of Information to the promotion of these activities, but has arrived at the conclusion that if additional American specialists are sent to China at the request of the Chinese Government they should be in other fields, and not in journalism, since there are in Chungking several American journalists cooperating in the School of Journalism, in addition to specialists in radio broadcasting and news photography.

  1. Latter not printed.