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268 Officer to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 236 NANKNG, 28 September 1949


Your telegram unnumbered received on September 16th [1], in
answer, I assume, to my No. 223. [2] have been advised informally
(all communications are informal) that the Communist Authorities
expect me and the other Heads of Missions to leave China as soon
as possible after the establishment of the new Government unless
our Governments are granting de jure recognition immediately and
to remain away until our Governments grant such recognition. Our
Embassy Office and Consulate General may continue to carry on

2. Accordingly I am making arrangements to leave for Hong Kong
when transport is available, probably in the second part of
October. But I shall not hurry to leave, or take necessarily the
first opportunity.

3. After I leave, Clark [3] will remain in Nanking and report
through the British Embassy Office (provided it is allowed to
continue the use of wireless) and Loveday remains in Shanghai and
reports through the British Consul General. Gorman [4] would
remain at Nanking. See my immediately following telegram No. 237
sent en clair. [5]

1 Document 267.

2 Presumably cablegram 221 (Document 265).

3 Colonel A.G. Clark, Military Attache.

4 G.D.Gorman, Cypher Officer.

5 Dispatched 28 September, Officer proposed staffing arrangements
in the event of his leaving China as soon as the new Government
was established.

[AA:A1838/278, 494/36/2, i]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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