The British Embassy to the Department of State 5

Role of Chinese Air Force in Proposed Blockade

It is assumed that the Chinese Government must rely almost entirely on their Air Force based on Formosa to maintain their proposed blockade. If the Chinese Government adopts a recalcitrant attitude to our representations in regard to the blockade, it is hoped that the [Page 1101]State Department will seriously consider cutting off supplies of aviation spirit.

If United States officers are still in Formosa engaged in training the Chinese Air Force, possibly they would be in a position to exercise direct pressure on the units concerned in the interests of good sense and reason.

  1. Handed on June 22 by the First Secretary of the British Embassy (Ford) to the Assistant Chief of the Division of Chinese Affairs (Freeman).