893.63/10–546: Telegram

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

835. Development reported Urtel 1577 Oct. 3 is matter of grave concern to Dept. In giving consideration to problem Dept interested in knowing (1) whether Soviet proposal is for exclusive blanket concession for all of province, exclusive concession for certain areas of province or nonexclusive blanket concession; (2) would there be any advantage in making approach to both Soviets and Chinese somewhat along lines of our notes of last spring regarding Manchuria;17 (3) have you secure communications with Ward to enable exchange of information. Please avoid giving Chinese impression that we might make representations to the Soviets regarding this matter.

Sent to Nanking. Repeated to Paris and Moscow.

  1. For correspondence on this subject, see pp. 1099 ff.