693.0031 Tibet/5–2948: Telegram

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

972. Reference Embassy’s despatch 223, May 11 and previous on Tibetan Trade Mission, latter informed Ambassador in recent interview of its intention proceed US via Hong Kong and Tokyo. Mission aware only three may stay in Japan.

Presumably Mission traveling via Hong Kong in order “save face” by disposing Chinese passports there and proceeding on Tibetan travel documents to which US visas would have been affixed in Hong Kong.

Sent Department 972, repeated Shanghai 431, Hong Kong 49, SCAP10 unnumbered.

  1. Supreme Commander, Allied Powers in Japan (MacArthur).