893.00/5–1749: Telegram

The Consul General at Shanghai (Cabot) to the Secretary of State

1676. Dairen’s telegram Nanking 101, repeated Department 154 [143], May 15 [14], 3 [5] a. m. [p. m.]19

In connection with reported intention of Soviets to withdraw from Dairen and instructions now issued not [sic] to withdraw from Tsingtao on fall of Shanghai, I suggest possibility when announcement of latter is made of including some reference to Dairen and Port Arthur in order emphasize US has withdrawn all armed forces from Chinese territorial sovereignty whereas Russia has not. This might put Russia [Page 1206]in dilemma of whether appearing to withdraw under US pressure or of staying in defiance of Chinese sovereignty.

Sent Department 1676; repeated Nanking 929, Embassy Canton 471.

Cabot