125.461/12–1246: Telegram

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

2092. For Clubb, Changchun. Representative Communist delegation called at Embassy December 11 and stated that reply from Communist headquarters Manchuria (Embtel 2023, December 3, repeated Mukden 75) states that inasmuch as Harbin is area military operation, consular offices will not be allowed to function there. For this reason Acting Danish Consul had been requested to withdraw. (Embtel 2072, December 10.)

Communist representative denied that Soviet consular officials are operating at Harbin officially and further denied knowledge as to whether any were there in an unofficial capacity. On this latter subject, however, he was vague and showed tendency to hedge.

Sent Mukden 81; repeated Dept. 2092, December 12, 3 p.m.