The Consul General at Shanghai (Josselyn) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 17—6:05 a.m.]
213. For Agriculture from Dawson.
“Reference recent radio from Embassy Chungking submitting Chinese Government’s request for mission specialists for development of an agricultural program of collaboration, I have had brief conference Dr. Tsur in Shanghai: He informs me an extension specialist is desired if Department would consider it in addition to the other eight specialists which have formally been requested. It was only omitted finally for fear of going beyond limit suggested State Department message to the Embassy outlining Department’s reservations on size and functions of a mission.48
Reference by memo of September 13th, page 2, paragraph 7.48a The Chinese Government is showing a growing interest in developing their fishing industry. I have discussed matter further with Minister Tsur here and taken advantage of Mr. Sturgeon’s49 presence to confer with members of the industry and Ministry of Agriculture here. Suggest that a specialist, perhaps from the industry, who knows general problems of fisheries including production fishery operation, conservation and reprocessing be selected for the first mission. UNRRA informs me Misness50 assignment delayed, no fisheries specialist is therefore now in sight.[Page 1447]
Relative to housing for the mission to the capital, it would be helpful to know requirements as soon as possible in order for the Minister to reserve suitable quarters at the time he arranges for Ministry general requirements.
Please keep me advised on progress of this matter.”
Sent to Department; repeated to Chungking.