The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Stuart)
The Secretary of State refers to the Embassy’s despatch No. 840 of June 27, 1947,1 transmitting information on deposits of radioactive minerals in China and indicating a willingness on the part of certain Chinese officials to discuss United States surveys for such minerals with representatives of the United States Government. The Department and other agencies of the government are deeply interested in possibilities of this character and the Department appreciates the work of the Embassy and of the Consular Offices in China in this connection. The subject has been discussed in some detail by representatives of the Department, including Mr. Walton Butterworth,2 and the Atomic Energy Commission.
It has been decided that the first step toward effective operations in China should be a series of interviews with Dr. Wong Wen-hao3 and Dr. Sa Pen-tung,4 and possibly other Chinese officials, by a competent geologist selected and briefed by the Atomic Energy Commission. An effort is now under way to select the right man. When he is chosen you will be notified promptly.
Obviously the mission would be of great importance and the Department knows that it can count on the Embassy’s fullest cooperation.
There is enclosed for the information of the Embassy a copy of a letter from the Special Adviser on Enemy Property Affairs, Mr. E. A. Bayne, with respect to this same subject, which the Embassy does not appear to have received. This letter was acknowledged by a personal note5 from Mr. Penfield.6[Page 1019]
- Not printed.↩
- Assigned to the Department, August 6; appointed Director of the Office of Far Eastern Affairs, September 15.↩
- Chairman of the Chinese National Resources Commission.↩
- Permanent member of the Chinese National Research Council.↩
- Not found in Department files.↩
- James K. Penfield, Deputy Director of the Office of Far Eastern Affairs.↩
- Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, President of the National Government of the Republic of China.↩