The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Shanghai ( Josselyn )
138. Dept feels that dispatch of FonServ and other Govt personnel to Manchurian posts (Butrick’s 29 as transmitted in Urtel Oct 30) should be deferred pending (1) clarification of developments in Manchuria, particularly extension of Chinese National Govt authority to that area; and (2) outcome of Emb Moscow’s efforts to obtain Soviet clearance for Clubb to proceed Manchuria from Vladivostok. In latter connection Dept has just received telegram from Emb Moscow34 stating FonOff has informed it that question of Clubb’s travel to Manchuria is receiving attention of “competent Soviet organs” and that as soon as question has been considered Soviet FonOff will inform our Emb.[Page 1471]
In light of foregoing considerations Dept is of view it would be desirable to detail Sturgeon, Chase and other personnel earmarked for Manchuria to posts in China on temporary basis. Sent to Shanghai, repeated to Chungking.35
Dept desires that Emb Chungking keep in close touch with appropriate Chinese authorities regarding question of reopening of consular offices in Manchuria and that Emb keep Dept and Butrick informed of developments.