393.1115/10–2648: Telegram

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

1994. [To Peiping:] Since much Generalissimo’s anxiety over our evacuation warning would seem to flow from public nature of proposed announcement, we suggest that in event formal warning this be accomplished by written notice mailed to each American your district including, of course, American press representatives. This would obviate necessity of public announcement by you to local press as such, at time of circulation of warning and thus meet to some extent Chinese wishes. (ReEmbtels 194 Peiping, 177 Tientsin, 1985 Department, and 979 Shanghai October 24; also Tientsin telegram 542, October 249).

Meanwhile you may consider desirable mimeograph and have ready for prompt despatch when required the written public warning following text Deptel 1469, repeated Peiping 183, Tientsin 195, October 19.

Reference last paragraph Tientsin’s 542, we agree local mayors should be forewarned when time comes to dispatch circulars.

Sent Peiping 196, Tientsin 181, repeated Department, Shanghai for Connors 983.

  1. Latter not printed.