893.0146/896b: Telegram

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

985. Reference withdrawal Marine detachments. In accordance with an understanding arrived at between the State and Navy Departments, it is desired that the American Consulate General promptly send appropriate notification to the senior consul and to the chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council of the decision of the American Government to withdraw the Marine detachment at Shanghai. It is understood that the Navy Department is instructing the commanding officer of the American Marine detachment to send appropriate notification to the other members of the Shanghai Defense Force Committee. It is believed that any arrangements that may be considered to be desirable for supplementing the Shanghai municipal police in the area known as Sector C may best be arranged locally by the Municipal Council in consultation with the consular body.84

Sent to Shanghai. Repeated to Chungking and Peiping. Peiping repeat to Tokyo.

  1. In telegram No. 1727, November 19, 2 p.m., the Consul at Shanghai (Stanton) indicated that the Department’s instruction had been carried out in every detail (893.0146/898).