811.3393/9–347: Telegram

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

1851. Embassy agrees that further landings at this time not advisable. Initial efforts by this means having failed, Embassy considers that further negotiations should be conducted by and in name of Con-Gen64 Tsingtao with de facto local authorities holding pilot.

You are, therefore, authorized to take such steps as you deem necessary immediately to implement plan outlined in your 97 to Embassy, sent Department as 70.65 Close cooperation should be effected with ComNavWesPac.

Embassy suggests that inasmuch as negotiations, if opened, may involve discussions with senior Communist military commanders you give consideration to having Service accompanied by Col. David D. Barrett, Assistant Military Attaché, who will be made available for this mission at your request.

Sent Tsingtao 74, repeated Dept.

  1. Consul General.
  2. Dated August 31, 5 p.m., p. 973.