893.00/8–1148: Telegram

The Consul General at Mukden (Ward) to the Secretary of State

335. Communists continue maintenance tight blockade Changchun. Civilian food shortage critical and indications military food problem becoming acute. Airlift foodstuffs on present scale from Mukden and Chinchow not sufficient maintain garrison extended period. No imminent indication Government military collapse Changchun or early all-out Communist military attack but if some diversionary effort by Government not made in near future early fall Changchun appears inevitable.

Sent Nanking 424, repeated Department 335.