893.50 Recovery/2–2549: Telegram

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

297. ReContels 250, February 17 and 278, February 23 [21].82 Suggest consideration Department if US Government claims title ECA flour stocks Tsingtao (which in large part originally destined Peiping, Tientsin) it might be effective political move remove those stocks elsewhere where urgently needed in view probability Tsingtao will be taken before long by Communists.

Department may then find desirable in conjunction ECA make brief public statement to general effect action taken because of arbitrary Communist action regarding ECA stocks Tientsin, Peiping when Communists refused meet directly with or give written communication or [Page 626]receipt to ECA representatives,83 and as repeated Communist assertions indicating disapproval ECA program whole and part.

Matter discussed Davis, who approves, asks this telegram shown ECA Washington, Shanghai. Davis said particularly this move might at least be given effect regarding Tsingtao stocks originally destined Tientsin, Peiping.

Sent Department, repeated Nanking, Shanghai.

  1. Latter not printed.
  2. In telegram No. 324, February 28, 5 p. m., the Consul General at Peiping reported Mr. Ivy had met with subordinate Communist officials but had not been received by officials of the Communist Military Affairs Control Commission which had taken over ECA flour (893.50 Recovery/2–2849).