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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1949. The Far East: China

Problems of United States Consulates in areas occupied by the Chinese Communists,   pp. 933-1302 PDF (141.9 MB)

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ment of foreigoers which they have recently made in Tsinan, Mukden,
Peiping, Tsingtao, Shanghai, et cetera.
   Solitary humorous note but significant one is found in the recanta-
 tion by this naive HIong Kong Communist of his former decent and
 optimistic attitude toward communication problem of our Consulate
 General. Doubtless he was himself surprised by the highhandedness
 of CCP   leaders.
   Sent Department, repeated Shanghai 23, Mukden 1.
 125.6336/1-1249: Telegram
     The Ambassador in China (Stuart) to the Secretary of State
                             YANKING, January 12, 1949-5 p. m.
                               [Received January 13-9:23 a. i.]
   95. We have drafted joint statement on Chinese Communist denial
of communication facilities to British, French and American Con-
sulates General in Mukden as suggested in Deptel 1876, December 23,5
but have been unable to sell idea to British and French Ambassadors.6
British Ambassador does not wish to make joint statement and instead
proposes that American Embassy give story to foreign correspondents
suggesting that they apply to British and French Embassies for fur-
ther details about British and French Consulates General.
  French Ambassador is reluctant make joint statement and al-
though he has: agreed to request instructions from Paris, he is not
recommending any action. According to French Ambassador, his re-
luctance is based'on following reasons:
   (1) He still hopes to reestablish contact with his Consulate General
via Hong Kong, Saigon, or Chinese messenger.
  (2) He thinks joint statement might prejudice rather than help his
Consul General.
   (3) FrenchForeign Office has issued strict instructions that diplo-
matic officers abroad should issue no press statements.
  We have told British and French Ambassadors of Embtel 39, Janu-
ary 5 to Department and informed them that in our iudgment CCP
statement that "question of communications for Mukden Consulate
General is part of larger question of US attitude toward' new Gov-
ernment and toward Kmt Government" is little short of blackmail.
While expressing sympathy and concern British and French Ambassa-
dors still refuse cooperate in joint statement which we believe occasion
warrants. It is apparent that these local representatives are quite
  'Chinese Communist Party.
  5Foreign Relations, 1948, vol. vii, p. 849.
  ' Sir Ralph Stevenson and Jacques Meyrier, respectively.

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