104 Department of External Affairs to Mr A. T. Stirling, External Affairs Officer in London
Cablegram 137 6 September 1940,
From the Prime Minister. 
Your telegram 763.  Please convey to Dominions Office that Commonwealth Government would be pleased for Sir A. Clark Kerr to inform Chinese Government unofficially on our behalf that appointment of Australian Minister to Tokyo denotes no change whatsoever in the policy of the Commonwealth Government in the Far East.
Chinese Government may be assured of our most friendly interest.
Question of appointment of Minister to Chungking has received consideration but questions of personnel and of staffing must determine rate and order in which diplomatic appointments can be made.