740.00115A P.W./1–2245; Telegram

The Chargé in Switzerland (Huddle) to the Secretary of State

453. American Interests—China. Legation’s 7784, November 27, Department’s 4185, December 12.56 Foreign Office note January 18 states Swiss Consulate Shanghai reports that prior receipt from Bern of funds necessary make December relief payments, as [Japanese] authorities stated they opposed 60% increase over November payments to noninterned and that they would accept only 30% increase. Japanese also only authorized payment 3,000 and not 4,000 to internees.

View great increase cost life occupied China, Fontanel57 feels relief authorized by Japanese to non-internees absolutely insufficient and expects at time delivery encounter difficulties with beneficiaries. Regarding reduction relief to internees, Fontanel does not feel that they [Page 408] will be greatly affected due distribution large amount relief in kind to camps during December.

  1. Foreign Relations, 1944, vol. v, pp. 1072 and 1076, respectively.
  2. Emile Fontanel, Swiss Consul General at Shanghai.