740.0011 PW (Peace)/2–1848: Telegram

The Ambassador in China ( Stuart ) to the Secretary of State 1

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316. Vice ForMin Liu today inquired whether we had any information regarding rumored move by Australians to present new approach to Japanese treaty problem. Liu said Chinese had taken their position and must stick by demand for right of veto. China stood alone in respect of Japanese treaty and feared “bloc” British Commonwealth vote. Even though British Commonwealth denied existence of bloc, result was same as they could be expected to vote alike. Chinese public opinion, he said, would never consent to relinquishment of right of veto under these circumstances.

We would appreciate any information to pass on to Liu.2

Stuart
  1. Repeated by the Department in 51, February 26, 5 p.m., to Canberra, with request for comment, and as 61, February 24, 7 p.m., to Tokyo.
  2. In its 298, February 24, 7 p.m., to Nanking, the Department said it had no more regarding the Australian move than had appeared in the press. (740.0011 PW (Peace) 2–1848)