125.461/1–3046: Telegram

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

193. Matter mentioned in Department’s 112, January 18 taken up with Foreign Office. Vice Minister Liu Chieh states Chinese Government [Page 1131] is agreeable to reopening of offices at Harbin, Mukden and Dairen. He requests that Foreign Office be furnished names of officers to be assigned to posts; upon receipt of this information Foreign Office will advise us further.

Embassy suggests Sturgeon be assigned to Dairen, Clubb to Mukden and Chase to Harbin. As these officers are now in Shanghai, it is requested that Shanghai make recommendations to Department concerning consular staff to accompany to Manchuria. Upon receipt of Department’s instruction regarding personnel, Embassy will inform Foreign Office and report further developments. (Sent Department as 193, repeated Shanghai as 63, January 30, 2 p.m.)

Vice Minister Liu Chieh believes it would be preferable for consular officers to proceed first to Manchuria, to be followed later by any attachés (military, naval, USIS,8 etc.) which we might wish to detail to Manchuria. He feels that American civilians should also follow after consular officers.

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