393.1163Am3/52: Telegram

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

254. Department’s No. 104, March 23 [26], 7 p.m., was repeated to the American Consuls at Nanking, Shanghai, Hankow, and Canton and telegraphic note was addressed to Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Nanking. …

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The following reply has been received from the American Consul at Nanking:

“March 31, noon. Yesterday afternoon I presented to Vice Minister Tong a memorandum summarizing the Legation’s March 28, 10 p.m. He said that the Government had had no report on the matter; that communications with Kiangsi seemed to be broken but somehow the Government would take all steps possible to protect American life and property there. He pointed out that the region affected was in the zone between contending Kwangsi [and] Nanking armies and was held by strong, well-organized Communist forces. …”

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