893.00/8023: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in China (MacMurray)


9. Your 20 of January 10, 3 p.m. I desire your comment on the following questions, having in view the British withdrawal from their Hankow Concession:

Understanding of the Department is that British Government has ordered British nationals to leave points in the interior for places of safety. Do you recommend that this Government take similar action?
Do you know what course other interested powers intend to take in regard to protecting their interests at Shanghai?
Do you continue to recommend, in case an emergency arises, that we land all forces necessary and cooperate with other powers to protect American citizens in the International Settlement and the adjoining areas at Shanghai from concerted external attack, or to prevent incursion of defeated troops, or to suppress mob violence? Consult your telegram 67 [627] of December 19, 1926, 10 a.m.38
Will the reaction upon American citizens scattered throughout the interior of China be unfavorable if the United States joins other powers to defend against concerted attack, or for the other above-named purposes, the life and property of its nationals at Shanghai?