The Consul at Tsingtao (Strong) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 15—11:55 a. m.]
81. January 15 Generalissimo5 through Barr6 recently sought information Navy plans [on] grounds determine whether reinforce troops here. Badger refused information, referred query Chief Naval Operations, stating useless reinforce Nationalist garrison; additional troops create only greater threat of disorder, looting.[Page 1194]
Consul General considers withdrawal bulk Nationalist troops here preferable to reinforcement. Fewer Nationalist troops here, more orderly will be inevitable Communist take-over.
Sent Department, repeated Nanking 32.