The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 19—4:20 a. m.]
1539. Following is text of Embassy statement released to press on August 19, 1948:
“Certain newspapers on August 17, 1948 published statements that the Chinese Government is about to promulgate a period of national emergency and that relevant measures had been decided upon following conferences at Kuling between the President of China and the American Ambassador, the Honorable J. Leighton Stuart.
In connection with these reports, the Ambassador wishes to state that his recent visit to Ruling was of a purely social nature. It is quite natural that during his call on the President he did discuss certain matters of mutual interest to the US and China but he wishes to deny categorically that any reference was made to the question of a period of national emergency or that he is aware of any plans for the declaration of one.”