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228 Officer to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 327 NANKING, 1 December 1948, 12.30 a.m.


My telegram 322 [1] and paragraph 11 of Fuhrman's telegram 291.

[2] Commonwealth representatives have discussed the question of
moving from Nanking. They have come to the conclusion that unless
the Government provided all necessary facilities both for
transporting the Mission and accommodating it at the new capital,
they would remain at Nanking.

2. This decision has since been discussed with the United States
Ambassador and the French, Netherlands and Belgian Ambassadors who
all agree.

3. It should, of course, be kept most secret as should it be known
it would prejudice our relations here so long as the Government

1 See Document 227, footnote 1
2 Dispatched by O.C.W. Fuhrman, Charge d'Affaires, Nanking, on 14
November. Paragraph 11 read: 'If the Government and garrison
evacuate Nanking, general idea is that the Head of each mission
would proceed to the new seat of the Government if Nationalists
made transport arrangements to that end.' In the event of the
Communists becoming 'troublesome', Fuhrman 'detailed one man (with
a second man to stand by in case of casualty) to be absent from
the muster and to have drum, of petrol and burn cyphers and such
secret records as we think to be destroyed.'

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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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