Memorandum of Conversation, by the Assistant Chief of the Division of Chinese Affairs (Meyer)

Dr. H. H. Fisher, professor of History at Stanford University and a specialist in Russian affairs, stated in a conversation which I had with him today that he had recently discussed the Sino-Russian controvery over Sinkiang with Mr. Rogov, the former T.A.S.S. representative in Chungking. Dr. Fisher stated that Mr. Rogov had told him that the Russian withdrawal of technical personnel from Sinkiang was not due to Chinese pressure nor to a relinquishment by Russia of her interest in Sinkiang; that the reason for the withdrawal was that they were needed elsewhere at that time. He said that Rogov had stated that the Soviets had every intention of some day returning to Sinkiang.