Alexis Johnson (SFS’32) becomes U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. In this position he conducts negotiations with representatives of the People’s Republic of China on the release of U.S. and Chinese nationals.
On account of Washington’s refusal to officially recognize Communist China these talks were the highest level of communication between the two countries until Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972. As with Butrick and Ludden, Johnson also experienced internment at the hands of the Japanese because at the time of the Attack on Pearl Harbor he was serving as the vice consul in Manchuria.