The Minister-Counselor of Embassy in China (Clark) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 16—1:44 a. m.]
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.
- General Ho succeeded Sun Fo as President of the Chinese Executive Yuan in March, 1949.↩