846G.79693/2–348: Telegram

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

210. Reference Deptel 150, January 29. Conversations Shanghai–Hong Kong question with Chinese thus far on most informal basis and with view to obtaining as much information as possible re Chinese arguments prior to commencement formal consultations.

Embassy will await receipt of detailed instructions from Department before presenting US position this question to Chinese.

Embassy concurs Department’s view traffic rights Okinawa should not be granted until situation re consultation clarified and will notify Department if at any time appears grant these rights will aid negotiations.

Incidentally, CNAC has continued sale Shanghai–Hong Kong tickets for account of PanAm. Reference Embtels 98 and 99 of January 15.

Sent Department 210; Shanghai 98.