793.94/5235a: Telegram

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

127. The three Departments concerned now have under consideration the question of withdrawing the 31st Infantry from Shanghai. [Page 22] This Department is informing the British Ambassador here informally and confidentially that we have in contemplation the withdrawal of the regiment by the next Army transport about 1 month hence. You should likewise inform British Minister.

This procedure will amount to advance notice, give opportunity for consultation if needed, and allow for change of plan if new developments call for such.

The Department desires that announcement of decision, if and when reached, shall emanate from Washington.

Inform Commander in Chief of essentials of above.