893.811/1092: Telegram

The Consul General at Canton (Myers) to the Secretary of State

21. The Pearl River has been closed as from February 3 on account of military operations. This action which prevents movement of gunboats between Canton and Hong Kong may it is surmised indicate the withdrawal of some local Japanese units from this area for use in operations against Kwangsi Province or the initiation of minor operations in the delta. The recent Japanese occupation of Weichow Island in Gulf of Tongking would seem to lend weight to first possibility.

Indications are that the river will be opened on or about February 10.

Repeated to Chungking, Peiping, Hong Kong.