Secretary of State Robert Lansing to United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Walter Hines Page
SECRET <May 2, 1918.>
TO American Embassy, London.
FROM Department of State, signed “LANSING”
DATED May 2, 6 p.m.
RECEIVED May 3, 8 a.m.
The Chinese Minister yesterday conveyed to the Department the information that his Government under the instigation of the French Government was making preparations to send two hundred thousand troops to Europe; that the project is to be financed by the French Government, which will also provide shipping transportation, jointly with British. The troops are to be sent via the Suez Canal and 40 thousand of them are to start at once.
This Government is greatly surprised to learn that negotiations are taking place without its knowledge in view of the disfavor with which the same project was regarded a few months ago when the United States Government approached the Governments of Great Britain and France on the subject. Please transmit by cable any information you can secure.
Repeat to Paris the foregoing message.
(Repeated according to request.)
(Copies sent the Naval and Military Attachès )
for their information.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.