893.0146/896c: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China ( Gauss )

268. The President today made a statement to the press that the Government of the United States has decided to withdraw the American Marine detachments now maintained ashore in China at Peiping, Tientsin, and Shanghai, and that it is expected that the withdrawal will begin about November 25 and will be completed shortly thereafter.

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Sent to Chungking. Repeated to Peiping, Shanghai, and Tientsin. Peiping repeat to consular offices in Manchuria, including Dairen. Shanghai repeat to Hong Kong and all consular offices in Japanese occupied China. Hong Kong repeat to Saigon and Hanoi.