893.801/6–2949: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister-Counselor of Embassy in China (Clark), at Canton

TelCan 399. In view distorted versions being reported from Canton of nature US reply to Chinese note re closing ports and fact Secy holding regular scheduled press conference today, Dept compelled issue text US reply to press 11:00 a. m. today. Regret inability coordinate release with FonOff. Pls inform FonOff.