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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1949. The Far East: China

The Embassy in China after occupation of Nanking by Chinese Communists,   pp. 723-859 PDF (50.4 MB)

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121.5493/12-3049: Telegram
The Consul General at Shanghai (MoConaughy) to the Secretary
                              of State
                              SHANGHAI, December 30, 1949-4 p. m.
                              [Received December 31-12:10 a.m.]
   5451. Sent Department, repeated Taipei 607. Pass Department of
 Army, AstAMAt2' Taipei from      Soule.  Cite 125.  Captain J. J.
 Christensen and family arrived Shanghai 29 December. This com-
 pletes evacuation all DA 22 and AF 23 personnel from Nanking.
   Shipping situation Shanghai extremely tight. Attention invited to
Shanghai ConGen 5441 and 5442, December 2924 and Taipei 1342,
December 27 to State.25 Assume DA familiar with situation and pro-
viding all possible support to effect evacuation DA personnel.
  Request advise DA policy reference evacuation personnel on block-
ade runners in event any successful entering Shanghai. Alternate
possibilities for evacuation are to secure Communist permission for
special cars or train to Tientsin, Canton or other less closely blockaded
port. Present restrictions on travel Americans in Communist China
make it unlikely such permission will be secured. Repeated requests
in Nanking for Sgt. Fox to depart China via Tientsin all refused.26
  2' Assistant Military Attache.
  22 Department of the Army.
  Department of the Air Force.
  For telegram No. 5441, see vol. ix, p. 1362,; for telegram No. 5442, see
p. 1188.
  25 Not printed.
  26 For information on closing of Embassy at Nanking on March 5, 1950, see
Department of State Bulletin, March 20, 1950, pp. 462 and 463. For arrange-
ment to evacuate official American personnel in Communist-occupied China
way of Tientsin in late April 1950, see ibid., May 15, 1950, p. 755.

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