125.461/9–2846: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China ( Stuart )

834. Dept suggests for consideration General Marshall and Emb early completion necessary arrangements re air transport Harbin consular personnel (Mukden’s 211, Sept 28, 5 pm) whereupon Emb should officially inform Chinese Govt proposed transport schedule several days in advance of departure and informally convey same info to Chou En-lai requesting his good offices in order that party be afforded anticipated courtesies and facilities.

Dept does not approve use of threat of reprisals suggested in section 3 of Clubb’s message. We believe firm proceeding with plans will prove (sent Nanking, repeated Mukden) effective.