711.9327/8–1846: Telegram

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

1332. Bilateral air transport agreement. ReDeptel 578, August 9. Butterworth20 informally indicated to Dr. Liu Chieh, Vice Minister Foreign Affairs, that Embassy expects next week to present draft air transport agreement for consideration Chinese Government and requested his assistance in expediting appointment of Chinese negotiators in order that discussions may be undertaken as promptly as possible. Upon Powell’s arrival Nanking August 19, Embassy will transmit note outlined in Deptel 578, August 9 and will commence negotiations as soon thereafter as possible. After first meetings we will be in better position to estimate time required for conclusion these negotiations. We call attention, however, to fact that proposed agreement will probably serve as model for subsequent Sino air arrangements, and that it will only be concluded after careful deliberation and consideration by Chinese Government.

Appointment and early arrival of Civil Air Attaché is welcomed.

Sent Department; repeated Shanghai as 532.

  1. W. Walton Butterworth, Jr., Minister-Counselor of Embassy in China.