893.00/4–1845: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Briggs) to the Secretary of State

643. Following is summary of recent telegrams from Consul at Tihwa:

Wu Chung-hsin has tendered his resignation as chairman of Sinkiang Provincial Government. He is said to be irritated over (1) his differences with General Chu Shao-liang who continues to bring into the province reinforcements from Sian (over a hundred thousand have already arrived), and (2) his inability to cope with the political and financial situation created by the presence of these troops.

The Generalissimo’s son, Chiang Ching-kuo, arrived in Tihwa April 13 where he has conferred with provincial officials and visited provincial institutions. Chinese hope he is prepared to discuss with Soviet Consul General trade and border problems.

Chiang may succeed Wu as provincial chairman.