893.00B/6–1149: Telegram

The Consul General at Shanghai (Cabot) to the Secretary of State

2215. While not of course to be taken as disproof theses that basic Chinese Communist attitude toward Moscow may be one of unquestioning subservience (Embtel 656 June 6, sent Dept 1212) or even as definitely establishing Communist propaganda policy in Shanghai (which may change overnight), it is nevertheless noteworthy fact that thus far in Shanghai outward evidence of Communist devotion to Moscow is conspicuous by its absence. Among the thousands of posters put up since liberation, there have been, far as we can ascertain, no displays pictures Lenin, Stalin, et al. except a few which were almost immediately removed. Moreover, references to Soviet inspiration and example in editorials, speeches, etc., have been rare and, when made, usually confined to old doctrinists Marx, Lenin, without mention present Soviet leadership.

Sent Dept, repeated Nanking 1167, OffEmb Canton 689.