701.45C11/3–547: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Embassy in China


271. Burma seems unlikely propose diplomatic exchange with US and China until after April elections. Question level diplomatic exchange still unsettled. Recent change US establishment Bangkok to embassy may cause Burmans wish same treatment. Please ascertain discreetly whether Chinese expect exchange ministers or ambassadors with Burma.47

Sent Nanking, repeated Rangoon48 and London.49

  1. Telegram 495, March 9, 1 p.m., from Nanking, reported that the Chinese Foreign Office expected that the diplomatic representative to Burma would be an ambassador, as in the case of India and Siam, which were contiguous countries (701.45C11/3–947). This telegram was repeated by the Department on March 12 as No. 1139 to London and as No. 86 to Rangoon.
  2. As No. 78.
  3. As No. 1050.