661.9331/4–1549: Telegram

The Minister-Counselor of Embassy in China (Clark) to the Secretary of State

Cantel 219. George Yeh says he accepted position Acting Foreign Minister only after assurances from Li Tsung-jen and Ho Ying-chin30 that effort Chang Chih-chung to speed up negotiations Sino-Soviet trade pact be resisted and no further action taken thereon so long as he was Acting Foreign Minister. Yeh said Chang Chih-chung was proposing accord Soviets mineral rights in contravention Chinese law and interests and under condition which in view China’s treaty [Page 1054]obligations might prove embarrassing. Accordingly, Sino-Soviet trade negotiations had stopped for time being.

Sent Department, repeated Nanking 193, Shanghai 141.

  1. General Ho succeeded Sun Fo as President of the Chinese Executive Yuan in March, 1949.