811.3393/8–3147: Telegram

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

1104. Believe Embassy in consultation with Tsingtao and Navy is in best position to handle situation (Tsingtao’s 97, Aug 31, sent Nanking repeated Dept as 70). Suggest (1) Navy exert utmost care in avoiding further armed clashes with Communists (2) any trip by Service to Chefoo or elsewhere deep in Communist territory (Sent Nanking as 1104 repeated Tsingtao as 66) be delayed for time being pending outcome of negotiations between Navy and Communists now understood to be under way.