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

Increasing difficulties of the Consulate at Darien due to actions of Soviet and Chinese Communist authorities; closure of the Consulate,   pp. 860-932 PDF (26.0 MB)

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   He suggested we apply to Chinese Police Chief of Kwantung ad-
 ministration for identification cards; I said he [we] would do so.
   This dismissal of Gleysteen case by Soviets and irresponsibility
 regarding facts would seem justify action contemplated by Depart-
 ment in its telegram 54, April 22.
   Sent Department; repeated Nanking 85, OffEmb Canton 29,
 Shanghai 116, Moscow 68.
 123 Gleysteen, Culver: Telegram
     The Consul at Dairen (Paddock) to the Secretary of State
                                   DAIREN April 26, 1949-5 p. m.
                                   [Received April 27-11:35 p. in.]
   121. It uncertain if my application to Chinese police of Kwantung
 administration for identification cards (re immediately preceding tele-
 gram) will be considered by Department as a form of recognition of
 Kwantung administration.
   In short discussion regarding Chinese police, Levushkin, at same
 interview, said they responsible maintain order and are not under
 Soviet control. I replied I considered Kwantung police merely a
 branch of Soviet administration and that Soviets, as military authori-
 ties, are responsible for area; it was on this basis Consulate had written
 police for driving licenses and other matters in past year. He made
 no comment.
   Sent Department 121; repeated Nanking 86, OffEmb Canton 30,
 Shanghai 117, Moscow 69.
123 [Gleysteen, Culver] Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Charge in the Soviet Union (Kohler)
                             WASHINGTON, April 28, 1949-2 p. m.
  273. Dept desires you protest to Soy FonOff in appropriate terms
detention Gleysteen (Dairen tels 108 Apr 15, 109 Apr 16, 117 Apr 23
to Dept rptd all addresses) by Soy officials Dairen. Dept believes
that after outlining circumstances Gleysteen's seizure and detention,
refusal permit communication Consulate by telephone and his lengthy
interrogation, you shld point out Gleysteen exercises his consular
duties Dairen in accordance internatl law and practice and seizure
detention of him carried out on terr[itory] Republic of China. You
shld not bring up at this time question right of Sovs exercise auth in
Dairen but shld base protest on arbitrariness detention and violation
privileges and immunities COnsuls established in internatl law and

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