393.115/11–1749: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Strong) to the Secretary of State

Cantel 1291. In absence Foreign Minister Yeh in Hong Kong, Vice Minister Foreign Affairs [Hu] Ching-yu was informed afternoon November 17 as instructed telCan 756, November 16, repeated Shanghai 2274, Taipei 465.

Hu stated he had had report of incident November 16 and had at once requested full investigation and report by Admiral Kwei Yung-ching pending receipt of which Chinese Government reserved its opinion. He added that trouble of course could be traced to nonacceptance by US Government of closure which US seemed think of in terms of blockade.

A protest by US Government had been expected, he said.

Sent Department Cantel 1291, repeated Shanghai 573, Taipei 224. Department pass Shanghai, Taipei 224.