793.94/5226: Telegram

The Consul General at Shanghai (Cunningham) to the Acting Secretary of State

244. Sector referred to in final paragraph of my 236, May 10 [11], 9 a.m., has been guarded alternatively by British and American forces. Both these forces have been withdrawn to billets as previously stated. British forces in sector outside Settlement boundary have not been withdrawn from perimeter of the defense area apparently because Settlement police do not function there.

2. One battalion of the British troops, approximately 700 men, left for Hong Kong about April 18th. Italians have just reduced their forces ashore by 100 and have now 100 men on shore.

Repeated to the Legation.