893.00/12–1148: Telegram

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

2501. British Ambassador40 told me December 10 that Vice Foreign Minister George Yeh had just told him that as result encouraging news received from Washington within previous 48 hours regarding military aid Chinese Government was “altering its plans”. What plans or in what way they were being altered was not stated. I told my colleague I knew nothing to support such a statement and considered any such report from Washington to be ill-founded.

I appreciate that Madame and Ambassador Koo41 may clutch at any straw and color their reports accordingly. I would appreciate Department informing me if there is any development which should alter the position which I have consistently expressed that any military or economic aid beyond that already authorized could not even be considered until Congress meets.

  1. Sir Ralph Stevenson.
  2. V. K. Wellington Koo, Chinese Ambassador.