File No. 600.939/32

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (Morris)4


On January 28 the American Minister at Peking telegraphed that the Chinese Government had prohibited all exports from Manchuria into Siberia. He thought it probable, however, that exception would be made in favor of merchandise in transit to Vladivostok for export.

On February 2 the Department instructed the American Minister at Peking that the American Government could not assent to the prohibition of the export to Siberia of merchandise owned by Americans. He was instructed so to inform the Foreign Office and say that in the opinion of this Government any embargo, particularly at this [Page 174] time, on exports to Siberia was inadvisable and his attention was called to the attitude of this Government towards the Bolsheviki as set forth in the President’s recent address to Congress and in the Department’s telegram of January 21, 7 p.m., which was a copy of one sent to you January 20, 6 p.m.1

  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, on the same date, to the Ambassadors in France (No. 3141) and Great Britain (No. 6441), and to the Consul at Vladivostok.
  2. Vol. ii, p. 31.