103.ECA/6–1048: Telegram

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

1052. For ECA and Agriculture. Embassy plans submit shortly to Foreign Office second rural reconstruction agreement incorporating strengthening changes agreed by Lapham,89 Moyer and Dawson. Meanwhile Foreign Office states that it desires conclude agreement in form exchange of letters, thereby avoiding submission for approval to Legislative [Yuan] which would be “inconvenient”. Since exchange of letters would be fully binding and being unaware existence any requirement in China Aid Act of 1948 specifying form of agreement, Embassy and Lapham recommend acceptance Chinese request regarding form. Please instruct urgently.

  1. Roger D. Lapham, Chief of the ECA Mission in China.