893.0146/65b: Telegram

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


222. In view of the fact that conditions appear to be stabilized and that the crisis in events has passed, the expediency of reducing the American forces in China by about one thousand men is being considered by the Navy Department, and Admiral Bristol’s recommendations on the subject will be requested.

This, it appears to the Department, would be a very good course of action, a plan that would not only have a good effect in China but also would impress upon them the fact that we expect American lives and property to be protected by the Chinese. It is requested that you telegraph your views on this subject.