121.5493/3–747: Telegram

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

482. General Chou En-lai,10 in a message to the Embassy regarding Communist repatriation,11 included following paragraph (reference Embassy’s telegram 450, March 5):

“Regarding the two American officers, Major Rigg and Captain Collins, who were captured at Kiutai near Changchun, together with Kuomintang officers, urgent radio has been sent to the Northeastern Democratic Joint Army Headquarters demanding information and appropriate measures will be taken. According to my information, another American officer was captured near Tungliao in Manchuria. I wish to know whether you are informed about this or not. There is no question about the personal safety of all three officers. This is being passed on to you for your information.

The following is Embassy’s reply:

“With regard to the capture of Major Rigg and Captain Collins, the report of the capture of a third American officer near Tungliao is believed to be in error. Your assurance of the personal safety of Major Rigg and Captain Collins is appreciated. It is hoped that urgent action has been taken to effect the immediate release of these two officers who have been in Communist hands now for 1 week. Will you please advise when their release may be expected?”

Stuart
  1. Head of the Chinese Communist Party delegation during the 1946 negotiations with General Marshall and the Chinese Government.
  2. For correspondence on this subject, see Foreign Relations, 1946, vol. x, pp. 705 ff.