150.93/12–2247: Telegram

The Chargé in India (Donovan) to the Secretary of State

1146. Department’s instruction 46, October 28, 1947. Counselor Chinese Embassy called on me today and mentioned press reports regarding Tibetan trade mission just arrived Calcutta. Counselor said Chinese Government had no desire prevent mission from proceeding U. S. A. but Chinese Government felt they should travel on Chinese passports. He said GOI11 had for some time past extended special privileges to Tibetans regarding travel to and within India which were not granted to Chinese. I was noncommittal in reply.

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If Tibetans apply for visas, Embassy favors issuance Form 257 and advising Chinese Embassy [policy?] our Government regarding travel documents and keeping conversation on visa level. Should we at same time inform Chinese US Government has never questioned Chinese sovereignty over Tibet? Please telegraph reply Delhi and Calcutta.

Sent Department 1146, repeated Calcutta as 125, repeated Nanking unnumbered.

  1. Government of India.