The Consul General at Tientsin (Lockhart) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 20—4:45 a.m.]
General Yao Tung-fang has relieved General Ho Chu-kuo as commanding officer in Chinwangtao area. General Ho and his troops, who have been at Chinwangtao for several months, are being moved to Lwanchow.
General Han Fu-chu passed through Tientsin yesterday from Shantung to Peiping en route Paotingfu for conference with Chiang Kai-shek. Unconfirmed reports have been current for several days that Han may assume command of Chiang’s forces in North China in the near future.
Both sides still claiming Hsifengkou.
Situation Tientsin quiet.