File No. 661.939/8

The Ambassador in France (Sharp) to the Secretary of State


4001. Your 3796, May 2 [1], 8 p.m.1 Have just received letter from Minister for Foreign Affairs stating that following my personal presentation to him of this matter he consulted the French Minister at Peking regarding the possibility of carrying out our Government’s suggestion inasmuch as it seemed advisable to ascertain what effects might result therefrom in regard to the re victualing of [eastern?] Siberia where the enemy daily gains ground thanks to Bolshevik help and that of German and Hungarian [prisoners?]

M. Pichon writes me at present largely expedient to maintain as a whole the embargo in [force?] by Chinese Government though it might be possible to attenuate its rigor in a certain measure by granting export authorizations in such cases where exportations can be watched and guaranteed. The Minister believes that this solution would be the best to insure the desired protection and hopes that the Federal Government will thus appreciate it.

  1. See footnote 1, ante, p. 176.