893.00/10–2648: Telegram

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

2002. For Butterworth from Clark. Badger reports new directive giving him freedom action “within Tsingtao perimeter”. Although he should keep “appropriate authorities” advised, his hands are free until further instructed. Should Communists threaten Tsingtao, he visualizes informing them his intention defend city. He has already released to local garrison million rounds “defective” ammunition and has informed local defense commander his preparedness conduct a defense Tsingtao perimeter. Also he is reported to have informed local commander of his intention take definite steps remedy desperate food, fuel and raw material deficiencies Tsingtao area.

As it seems inconceivable Badger would be taking such position without instructions, situation points up our need information re JCS approved recommendations. Should appreciate any information available. [Clark.]