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

711. Settlements and Diplomatic Quarter. Dr. Wang Hua-cheng has informed me orally (see Embtel 693, April 17 to Dept, repeated [Page 1361] Shanghai 296) that Executive Yuan has approved suggestions mentioned in Embassy’s 619, April 3 to Dept (repeated Shanghai 244) and states written confirmation will follow. He requests Embassy designate American advisers to serve on Liquidation Commission for Diplomatic Quarter and International Settlements Shanghai and Amoy; he states advisers need not be American officials.

If Department authorizes agreement to suggestions, Embassy recommends senior foreign service officer Peiping be designated adviser on Diplomatic Quarter Liquidation Commission.23 Consul General Shanghai is requested to make recommendations as to American adviser on Shanghai International Settlement Liquidation Commission (Embassy suggests advisability of designating American civilian who formerly served on Shanghai Municipal Council). Embassy will await information requested in our 619, April 3 to Dept before making recommendation regarding Amoy International Settlement.

Dept’s early instructions requested in order expedite matter.

Sent Dept 711, April 20, 11 a.m., repeated Shanghai 309.

  1. The Department gave its approval in telegram No. 12, April 24, 2 p.m.