893.50 Recovery/11–648: Telegram

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

2115. Lapham is today telegraphing Hoffman55 requesting maximum delegation of authority over diversion ECA shipments, etc., to him in consultation and agreement with me. In this period of crisis in China it is only by according such discretion to those on spot that emergencies can be met as they arise and that effective use ECA supplies in interest of US Government be secured. Accordingly I urge that you support Mr. Lapham’s request completely.

Repeated Shanghai 1044.

  1. See infra; Paul G. Hoffman was Administrator of the Economic Cooperation Administration.