761.9327/5–1649: Telegram

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

1035. Shanghai radio reported May 11 Sino-Soviet Hami-Ata air agreement renewed for 5 years, but Tihwa’s 115 to Department, repeated Embassy Canton 40, May 9 [5]34 indicates draft still not approved. Suggest appropriate inquiry by Embassy Canton as to status this and economic cooperation pact with Soviets.

Conclusion either [or] both such pacts would seem good opportunity for public discussion, and inquiry—through Department or other information channels—whether CCP intends comment such pacts with USSR along lines criticism Nationalist Government agreements with US and others. Does CCP evaluate these new pacts with USSR as another concession by Kmt “running dogs of imperialism”? Simultaneous widespread broadcast terms of pact, if available, perhaps comparing them with terms Sino–US agreements related fields, also believed worth Department’s consideration.

Sent Department, repeated OffEmb Canton 423, Tihwa 38.

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