893.9111RR/3–2649: Telegram

The Consul General at Peiping (Clubb) to the Secretary of State

491. Peiping Chieh Fang Pao today carries item regarding revolted Nationalist cruiser Chungking48 in course of which it states “American imperialists and Kmt’s reactionary treason of Government in order prevent Chinese people establish their own national defenses on sea, on 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th of present month continuously flew over Hulutao and bombed with many American national flag B–29 type heavy bombers and on 19th finally succeeded in bombing that ship and on 20th sank it”.

Same item continues: “in order to prevent that ship’s moving, American Navy on 19th dispatched three submarines to sea (in vicinity) Hulutao. Chungking affair once more discloses evil of American imperialists’ military intervention in Chinese civil war and causes Chinese people and peace-loving states of whole world once more clearly to recognize ugly face of American imperialists”.

Ta Chung Jih Pao, today, regarding same matter asserts, “American Navy on 19th launched an attack on that ship from Tsingtao”.

Sent Department 491, Nanking 311, OffEmb Canton Shanghai 350, Tsingtao.

  1. See telegram No. 965, March 22, from the Consul General at Shanghai, p. 190.