893.00/5–2747: Airgram

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

A–110. Following is Tihwa’s 218, May 23, 9 p.m.:

“Mytel 215, May 22, second section, b) If Soviet Union is nevertheless planning an eventual advance into Sinkiang when the world situation becomes more propitious, it might well be encouraging purchase of arms by dissidents to prevent Han troops from patrolling border and to keep alive native spirit of opposition to Central Govt for turning to Russian purposes later. Postulation of such a long term policy, apparently called for by evidence cited mytel 186, May 1023 inter alia, could also explain assistance afforded in peace negotiations (mytel 150, April 1824) and Ward’s tel 6, January 3, last year,23 in order that a grateful China might be put off guard while Soviet preparations for expansion continued. Third section to come. Paxton”.

  1. Not printed.
  2. See airgram No. A–78, April 25, from the Ambassador in China, p. 552.
  3. Not printed.