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.