711.932/11–545: Telegram

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

1793. Conclusion within near future of treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation, Deptel 1428, September 11, is matter of increasing concern as American business interests insistently urge that mutually satisfactory treaty is necessary preliminary to trading with China on any considerable scale. Embassy is requested to obtain from Chinese Government if possible some indication of a date which can be agreed upon at least tentatively as time for the beginning of formal negotiations looking to signing of a treaty.