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

No. 440

The Ambassador has the honor to refer to the Department’s Circular Airgram of April 6, 1948,20 and to the Embassy’s secret despatch No. 217 of May 6, 194821 and to submit the following plan for emergency action for Nanking.

[Page 864]

[Here follows detailed account of plan.]

In the event that the National Government of China has moved from Nanking, the principal officer of the Embassy will have accompanied the Chinese Government to the temporary capital. After Plan E becomes operative, and all military and non-Embassy civilians have been evacuated, Embassy personnel remaining in Nanking will thereafter function as a Consulate.

  1. Ante, p. 816.
  2. Not printed.