026 China/8–1249: Telegram

The Consul at Shanghai (McConaughy) to the Secretary of State

3208. Reference Contel 3207, August 1252 re Shanghai press coverage Chinese White Paper. Believe probable local Commie authorities [Page 1394]may discuss Acheson’s letter of transmittal and summaries of parts of White Paper at regular policy meeting today.

ConGen heard indirectly certain Commie quarters felt press releases indicated American recognition of Chinese Commie regime long way off and discouraged possibility economic help to Shanghai.

Non-Chinese observers expressed belief that Acheson reference resistance Chinese Commie aggression in neighboring countries might mean aid to British in event attack on Hong Kong.

Sent Department 3208, repeated Nanking, OffEmb Canton unnumbered.

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