893.01/11–249: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Second Secretary of Embassy in China (Bacon), at Nanking

1204. Shanghai states Bishop Walsh74 informed by Papal Nuncio Riberi he favors immed recognition Commie regime by Vatican as only hope for maintenance of church in China. As Emb officers now in Dept were given opposite impression by Riberi, you are requested to ascertain his present attitude re recognition through informal conversations without giving any indication you are under instrs from your Govt. Report results to Dept.

  1. The Most Reverend James E. Walsh, American Roman Catholic missionary in China (Maryknoll Fathers).