File No. 661.939/1

The Secretary of State to the Minister in China (Reinsch)


Following from Francis:

Acting Commissaire Foreign Affairs wires from Moscow to-day (April 22):

According to communications received we learn that in accordance with the circular of the chief inspector of the Chinese customhouse dated January 22, the Chinese Government has prohibited exports into Russia of different goods, tea among others, from China and Manchuria. Presume this prohibition made by the Chinese Government with the consent of the Allies is but a misunderstanding. We request to immediately give the order to have this prohibition annulled.

Department has replied giving substance of your January 28, 5 p.m., and February 19, 7 p.m., and the Department’s telegrams to [Page 176] you of February 2, 3 p.m., February 14, 4 p.m., and February 23, 3 p.m. What is present status of embargo matter?