125.313/8–949: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Clark) to the Secretary of State

Cantel 903. Concur suggestion Chungking that American citizens should be informed Consulate closing at time Communists enter Szechuan province, Chungking’s 140, August 5 to Department, repeated Canton 94.

As matter shaping up here, it is entirely possible Government will not move Chungking but that should it do so it will be mere facade with plane standing by to airlift it Taiwan slightest provocation. With Communist armies entering Szediuan, Nationalist Government would likely take announcement withdrawal more as blow at Communists than as lack confidence Nationalist Government.

Sent Department Cantel 903, Chungking 78.