The Ambassador in China (Hurley) to the Secretary of State
[Received 9 a.m.]
1338. For Wheeler,28 Agriculture, from Dawson. Have just had conference with officials in Ministry of Agriculture and one higher official, and it was decided to prepare a formal request for technical collaboration as soon as possible after new Minister of Agriculture and Forestry comes into office, probably in about 2 weeks. Method of presenting it will probably be through our Embassy.
Points suggested so far include:
- American mission of six or more specialists in following fields.
- General agricultural research; Auchter’s29 name suggested.
- Agricultural economics and planning. These two men considered very important for general advice in initiation program and would be of great service if for only 3 or 4 months.
- Technical fields of tung oil, carpet wool, tea and silk.
- Cotton textile processing and fisheries, if you consider these in line with objectives.
- Difficult for Chinese Government comply with paragraph 8.30 Sie31 and Tsou32 suggested agreement, therefore assistance needed in equipping and reestablishing the central research station and a few substations specializing on key products.33
- Mission to come as soon as possible owing ability work soon in regions formerly occupied.
- Amounts stated Sie draft form agreement seem conservative for substantial aid in initiating program. Suggest proportionally more funds be set aside first 2 or 3 years for aid in starting and equipping stations, training key personnel, et cetera.
- More specialists to follow, and some [Chinese] sent to America for training as suggested after some study of first mission.
In my opinion this program has great possibilities if substantially supported on above lines. [Dawson.]
- Leslie A. Wheeler, Director, Office of Foreign Agricultural Relations, Department of Agriculture.↩
- Probably E. C. Auchter, Administrator of Agricultural Research, Department of Agriculture.↩
- Reference to draft agreement of April 25, not printed.↩
- Probably K. S. Sie (Hsieh Chia-sheng), Director, Chinese National Agricultural Research Bureau.↩
- Probably Y. T. Tsur (Chou, Yi-chun), Chinese Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.↩
- This section is badly garbled. A correct reading would seem to be: “Difficult for Chinese Government to compile paragraph 8. Sie and Tsur suggest agreement for assistance needed in equipping and reestablishing the central research station and a few sub-stations specializing on key products.”↩