The Consul General at Shanghai ( Cabot ) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 15–8:34 a.m.]
102. On January 14, approximately 5 p.m., Jose, PAA,13 informed by representative CCAA here by telephone that instructions had been issued by Nanking authorities to customs and police officials, Shanghai, that PAA passengers for Hong Kong scheduled depart PAA’s plane 11 a.m. January 15 were not to be permitted to board aircraft. At same time Jose informed that telephone conversation would be confirmed in writing. Representations Chinese Government immediately made by Embassy and Consul General. PAA passengers allowed depart Shanghai January 15.
Further details this development being forwarded Department. It seems these instructions issued from high levels Ministry Communications in apparent violation terms bilateral.
Sent Department 102, repeated Nanking 78.
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