793.94/5182: Telegram

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

232. 1. Japanese delegate Joint Commission has informed me that complete unit Japanese troops have been withdrawn as from 1 o’clock today from Liuho, Kiating and Nanziang.

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2. That unit at Lotien will be withdrawn as from noon May 10th. Notification of intention to withdraw was given to the Chinese on the 8th.

3. Chinese delegates advised that yesterday 400 special police left Nanking and are available today at Liuho, Kiating and Nanziang and tomorrow at Lotien.

4. Chinese delegates have notified appointments for civil administration at each of these places and state that competent interpreters accompany the officials entering upon their duties. The Chinese delegates no doubt had in mind the request of the Japanese for interpreters to accompany police and civil officials when about to take charge of evacuated areas. This request was made at the Joint Commission’s meeting on the 7th.

5. Instructions from the Department and the Legation are solicited as to amount of detail desired to be reported during the carrying into effect of paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of the Sino-Japanese agreement of the 5th.7

Repeated to the Legation and Nanking.

  1. The Department replied in telegram No. 179, May 11, 9 p.m.: “Report on important developments, giving the essential facts. In cases where you think they will be helpful, add details.”

    For text of the Sino-Japanese agreement of May 5, see Foreign Relations, Japan, 1931–1941, vol. i, p. 217.