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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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tinued absence from his duties in American Consulate. Accordingly,
in protesting this most recent interference by local authorities with
legitimate functioning of Consulate and attitude of Soviet authorities
in Dairen in refusing to permit Consulate to communicate with or to
interview clerk Chao, my Government has instructed me to impress
upon Soviet Government importance of latter's urgent intervention
in this matter with view to ascertaining Mr. Chao's whereabouts, effect-
ing his release, and, as requested in my note under reference, arrang-
ing for early departure from Dairen of Consul Paul Paddock, Vice
Consul Culver Gleysteen, and Chinese members of Consulate staff
which includes clerk Chao Yi-hsien and his five family dependents,
and clerk Chao Shou-yu.
   "Please accept, Excellency, renewed assurance of my highest
   Sent Department 2358; Department pass Dairen 37.
 125.351/9-2149: Telegram
     The Consul at Dairen (Paddock~) to the Secretary of State
                                 DIREN, September 21, 1949-noon.
                               [Received September 21-10:47 a. M.]
   296. First Jap repatriation ship already left Dairen. Other one,
September 28.
   "Several" British and other freighters, according Tokyo, due
ren this month to take soybeans to Japan under transaction especially
approved by SCAP.
  Unless plans definitely maturing for even sooner transport, it rec-
ommended Department and Embassy press for our evacuees either
  No answer to note presented by Ambassador Kirk Sept. 10 altho
arrest of Chao Sept. 15 might be regarded as one form of answer.
Surveillance past week of Consulate officer residence auto and officers
on foot is more intensive and ostentatious than ever before. Soviets
perhaps stalling in order turn over problem to China later. For this
see Contels 276 and 291, repeated Moscow 158. Danger of further
arrests of Chinese staff exists.
  Financial crisis of Consulate worsening. No items yet sold. Con-
sulate cannot even pay money-due staff upon closing.
  It is suggested that unless Department can obtain assurances from
Soviets that Consulate evacuation can be made at latest on second
Jap repatriation ship (due here 2 days after Dairen City conference
closes), consideration be given to retaliatory measures re this area-
such as obstructing further soybean transactions with Japan and if
possible discourage British, French, etc., ships coming here under

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