893.00/1–2649: Telegram

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

217. Formal note received [from] Foreign Office announcing removal Government to Canton which becomes legal seat Government February 5. We are requested to follow Government and Foreign Office offers assistance this regard. Foreign Office advises us orally Government will cease function Nanking February 3.

In view situation outlined our 213, January 25, request immediate authorization as suggested our 187, January 22, except that Clark would take Mincey instead of Link.

It is obvious that after February 3 those remaining Nanking will have nothing to do until arrival Communist[s].