740.00119 PW/12–2045: Telegram

The Ambassador in Portugal (Baruch) to the Secretary of State

2385. BritEmb reports telegram from British Consul, Macao, stating newly arrived Chinese delegate intends take over all Japanese and German property, official and personal.

BritEmb has replied as follows subject to approval FonOff and US concurrence: British Consul should try persuade Chinese delegate treat enemy property Macao as treated Lisbon with responsibility shared by British and Chinese representatives; in Lisbon joint account for Japanese official funds held by US, British, Chinese Missions; German [Page 1012] property taken over by US, British, French representing ACC68 Germany, hence British Consul should take sole charge German property Macao if any; measures applicable only to official property; for private property list of assets should be prepared and assurance obtained that Portuguese authorities are applying decree law freezing Jap assets.

Does Dept concur or desire add supplementary instructions?69

  1. Allied Control Commission.
  2. In telegram 43, January 14, 1946, 7 p.m., the Department gave its concurrence and added that the British Consul at Macao should be instructed to take over Japanese and German property in the name of the U.S. Government as well since he represented American interests there and should be requested to report on action taken (740.00119 PW/12–2045).