892.01/12–3044: Telegram

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

104. ReDeptel 54, January 10. British Embassy at Washington informed the Department18 that the Foreign Office at London has informed the Chungking Embassy to advise the Chinese Government not to give political recognition to Thai officials in China without first consulting Great Britain and the United States on the subject. The Embassy at Washington also asked that if we contemplate taking any action with respect to the Thai in question we keep them informed.

Messages purporting to come from Thai Regent Pradist at Bangkok indicate that the Thai officials now in China were sent out to organize a provisional government or to establish committees in Allied countries, possibly with the Thai Minister at Washington at the head. One of the messages stated that the Thai went to China at the invitation of the Generalissimo19 and that he is willing to approve Pradist’s plans for a provisional government or committees.

Please keep us informed of any developments.

  1. On January 12.
  2. Chiang Kai-shek, President of the National Government of the Republic of China.