125.141/11–746: Telegram

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

1837. Admiral Cooke46 sent following message to General Marshall:

“I suggest the advisability of considering the establishment of a consular representative in Antung. Such representation together with the operations of [apparent garble] four in Antung and adjacent area probably would be of material assistance in connection with the north Korea situation. Further, I believe such representation would serve to strengthen the hand of the Chinese Govt. in their effort to open the port of Dairen.”

General Marshall sent the following message to Embassy with a copy to Admiral Cooke:

“I regard the matter as one for consideration by the Embassy and decision by the State Dept. Accordingly, I am forwarding Admiral Cooke’s radio for such action as you may consider appropriate.”

Embassy sent word to Admiral Cooke through Seventh Fleet Liaison Officer, Nanking, that for its part it agreed that Antung, situated as it is, would offer unusual opportunities and that it assumed that Seventh Fleet courier service to Dairen could be extended to it. Embassy indicated that there was no surplus personnel in China with which to staff such an office and that it was referring matter to Department for decision.

Please instruct.

  1. Vice Adm. Charles M. Cooke, Jr., Commander, U. S. 7th Fleet.