693.9431/6–349: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Peiping (Clubb)

381. Question arrangements dispatch private trade delegation Japan referred SCAP (ur 929 June 383). Urinfo Dept doubts possibility SCAP receive representatives local regime in any official capacity should they desire proceed Japan,84 and no encouragement shld be given inquiry this regard.

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In this connection, suggest you indicate Chang Tsung-ping availability your facilities for making prelim inquiry of SCAP concrete trade proposals; and that such approach might avoid waste motion since it would provide SCAP better basis on which to assess feasibility engage trade negots direct with trade mission.

  1. Not printed.
  2. In telegram No. 235, July 6, the Counselor of Mission in Japan (Huston) reported that “SCAP does not consider appropriate at this time entry into Japan either of mission accompanied by representatives of Chinese Communist regime or of mission without such representatives but comprised of Chinese nationals not officially sponsored by Chinese Mission Tokyo” and that SCAP “has under consideration several trial deals involving trade with North China which, it is expected, will afford an indication as to pattern subsequent deals might take.” (693.9431/7–649)