121.67/2–647: Telegram

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

155. Please reply promptly Feb 6 note Soviet Emb stating we desire utilize commercial vessels for diplomatic couriers proceeding Dairen [Page 493] and plan do so soon as that port actually open trade as contemplated Sino-Soviet Treaty Aug 14, 1945. However for present only practicable procedure is continue utilizing small disarmed naval vessel. You should also state next trip courier vessel scheduled about Feb. 24 at which time Mrs. Benninghoff and British consular party proceeding Dairen and add that as our courier trips arranged in China we should appreciate Soviet Emb’s conveying notification Moscow direct.

Sent Nanking repeated Moscow.27

  1. Repeated to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union as No. 199.