The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 6—3:37 a.m.]
2197. As suggested Shanghai’s 1699, October 23, 4 p.m.1 (relayed through Nanking), Embassy has now received note from Minister of Foreign Affairs dated October 29, 1947 as follows:
“An official letter has just been received from the Minister of Commerce [Communications] stating that as the revision of the Sino-American Air Transport Agreement2 with respect to a number of questions in connection with details of traffic operations is most desirable, it is requested, pursuant to the provisions of article XI of the agreement, the competent U. S. aeronautical authorities be approached to depute an officer to consult with that Ministry for the revision.
“The above is communicated to the Embassy for its attention and action, and the favor of a reply will be appreciated.”
Department will recall that article XI of Sino-American Bilateral Air Transport Agreement calls for commencement consultation provided for therein within period 60 days from date of request which in this case is October 29, 1947. Embassy has informed Minister of Foreign Affairs that text Minister’s note has been forwarded Department and that Embassy will communicate further with Minister when instructions received.
Sent Department 2197, repeated Shanghai 868.