740.0011 P.W./1–1745: Telegram

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

80. Consul [at] Tihwa reports following based on interviews January 12 with General Chu: Insurgents now number about 15,000; they show evidence of military training and are generously supplied with mortars, machine guns and ammunition. Situation of Chinese garrisoning in airfield desperate. Huiyuan fell to insurgents on December 25 and Suiting December 30. Chinese troops retiring to point on Horgos–Tihwa highway between Chingho and Hsin Erhtai.