893.248/12–148: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Shanghai (Cabot)

2082. Subject urtel 2591 Dec 1 discussed with ECA. We consider movement Chi Air Force mil equipment inappropriate operation for ECA participation in any guise and concur generally with views expressed Embtel 2397 Dec 2 (rptd Shanghai 1196).

Dept is, however, concerned lest such equipment fall into hands Chi Comms. We understand problem primarily one of packing and freight charges. Suggest Emb approach FonMin this regard stressing desirability immediate action remove equipment safer location. Emb should also discuss matter with Gen Barr74 and Adm Badger75 ascertain whether they in position urge Chinese action or otherwise find solution this problem.

  1. Maj. Gen. David G. Barr, Director of the Joint U. S. Military Advisory Group in China.
  2. Vice Adm. Oscar C. Badger, Commander, U. S. Naval Forces, Western Pacific.