125.267/8–1249: Telegram

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

TelCan 557. Re first para telCan 553, Aug 12, entire ConGen Canton shld be closed whenever in ur and Rankin’s judgment this move desirable prior arrival Commie forces. Make all necessary preparations [Page 1314] departure personnel who shld proceed first to Hóng Kong. Administrative instructions re closure and future assignment departees, including Rankin, will be subject sep tel. Pls make necessary notification Amer natls.