893.00/12498: Telegram

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

828. Legation’s 822, October 30, 4 p.m. Following from Commander in Chief:

“0031. Tutuila reported British gunboat Tern had order turn Kiawo around upon arrival Chungking without attempting unload here. My 0940 of 29th refers to this decision. No further details regarding letter to Liu Hsiang other than already reported.’ Latest information indicates tension relieved. Steamer I ping permitted sail from Chungking with cargo and no troops carried. Apparently Chinese efforts have been to play American and British interests against one another confusing the issue. Happily both sides have receded not at all from established policy. 1300.”