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901. Am informed that in recent Peking interview with Panikkar and their [three?] Scandinavian Chiefs of Mission Vice Foreign Minister Chang Han-fu said he convinced US planning preventive war. Panikkar agreed adding that proof lies in continued tenure Matthews as Navy Secretary.

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Source this information who claims it comes reliable sub-source said Scandinavians shocked by Panikkar’s general sympathy with Chinese Communists.

Department pass Delhi. Repeated info Delhi 43.