390.1115/10–145: Telegram

The Consul General at Shanghai (Josselyn) to the Secretary of State

32. Reference Department’s circular instruction April 17, 1945,37 regarding emergency loans to destitute Americans. Second and last repatriation ship expected depart within about 2 weeks. Anticipate that a number of reputable Americans who have left camps in attempts rehabilitate businesses will refuse repatriation to United States, in which case instructions at hand indicate assistance loans cease. Imperative for rehabilitation American interests that numbers of these Americans although now temporarily financially embarrassed due to lack of communications and banking facilities should remain in Shanghai. Request Department authorize me continue loans at my discretion beyond departure date last repatriation ship.38 It appears British policy is to keep British key business personnel here for reestablishment British interests.

Sent to Department, repeated to Chungking.

  1. Foreign Service Serial No. 353, Circular Instruction to American Diplomatic and Consular Officers, “Emergency Financial Assistance Loans to Destitute American Nationals in Foreign Countries for Subsistence and Repatriation”, not printed.
  2. On October 12 the Secretary of State authorized the Consul General to continue loans temporarily (390.1115/10–145).