893.00/9–748: Telegram

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

1636. In making decision on Embtel 1571, August 25, regarding Chinese suggestion that Service Attaché’s aircraft be nominally placed under AAG, Department may wish to consider following.

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Foreign Minister has taken firm decision that foreign diplomatic mission aircraft would not at this stage of affairs be permitted to fly in China. In harmony with this decision, he has flatly refused British Embassy permission fly its aircraft in China, which it had sought to bring here from Hong Kong. In addition, circular is going forward to all Missions in very near future advising of this decision Chinese Government.