711.932/12–345: Telegram

The Counselor of Embassy in China (Smyth) to the Secretary of State

2085. Negotiations on treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation can be commenced about middle of January, according to note from Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated November 29 (ReEmbtel 2039, November 26, 2 p.m.). Draft of treaty forwarded by Emb April 2 stated now to be under consideration by Ministry which also is exchanging views concerning it with other interested Ministries and Commissions.

Please inform Commerce.

Sent to Dept, repeated to Shanghai.