The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 25—9:01 a. m.]
468. Chang Chih-chung informs us trade pact may be concluded week or 10 days (Tihwa’s 36, February 22 , repeated Nanking 40). In view possible inclusion provisions detrimental US interests, Department may wish to instruct Tihwa direct endeavor obtain fullest details possible prior conclusion and to make such representations to Liu as Department may consider pertinent (see Embtel 453, February 23) on basis Sino-American Treaty Commerce [and] Friendship. Embassy has in mind particularly article 5 referring to exploitation mineral resources but there may be other pertinent provisions which will occur to Department.
Sent Department 468, repeated Canton 103.