File No. 661.939/11

The Ambassador in Russia (Francis) to the Secretary of State


2321. Have conferred with Chinese Minister who says embargo on exports to Russia placed by his Government on the request of Allies; if so, think mistake certainly as regards foodstuffs. Chinese Minister wiring recommending raising thereof in which I recommend your assistance. Soviet threatening reprisals which would be serious as many thousands Chinese in Russia. Furthermore very desirable be no more differences between our Allies. Five Allied Ambassadors meet here this afternoon to consider situation. Just received telegram dated January 31 from American Consul, Vladivostok, asking whether Americans safe and if communication with you interrupted. Have you not received our cables regularly?