811.91293/8–1645: Telegram

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

1364. Association of foreign correspondents in Chungking has expressed interest in the cases of Berrigan and Isaacs, on two counts: (1) to ascertain reason for action of Chinese Government, and (2) for clarification of regulations governing activities of correspondents, for [Page 1481] their own guidance. They asked if I would transmit a communication to the State Department covering point 1 and I agreed to do so. To date it has not been received.

I have informed them that in view of the Chinese Government no issue of freedom of the press is involved and that I had communicated to State Department on behalf of Chinese Government last week (see Embassy’s telegram No. 1310, August 9, 9 a.m.) statement of that Government relative to point 1. I also informed them of possibility that Chinese Government might desire to issue statement to correspondents in Chungking.