Before your departure I think you should know that we have the impression from informal contacts with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the view is hardening among officials that Australia has adopted a deliberately slighting attitude towards China over  due to accumulation of a number of factors.
(a) Re-assignment of Eggleston to Washington while still Minister to China and non replacement for a long period. 
(b) Omission of China from South Seas Conference in Canberra.
(c) Apparent intention to omit China from the proposed South East Asia Conference.
(d) Feeling that Australian Minister for External Affairs has ignored China in statements and at Conference.
(e) Our unwillingness which is incomprehensible to them to agree to one word of alteration in the draft treaty. 
(f) Delay in raising status of mission (explanation about waiting for Moscow carries little weight). 
(g) Some suspicion over your long absence. 
These are personal impressions only and none of the factors mentioned have been the subject of official comment by any Minister. I think it most desirable, however, that prior to your departure you have firm understanding at least on the issues of the treaty and the status of the Mission.