The Counselor of Embassy in China (Peck) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 10—7:45 a.m.]
10. The Soviet Ambassador told me last night he had received information that the Japanese intend very shortly to land troops at [Page 9]Foochow and Tsingtau. Jabin Hsu of the Ministry of Finance could not confirm this but said the Japanese are tampering with naval officers under Admiral Shen, the mayor of Tsingtau, in effort to bring about declaration of autonomy by the Tsingtau Special Municipality. Repeated to Peiping.