File No. 661.939/8

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


Your May 31, 6 p.m. Telegram from Ambassador Sharp dated May 27 states that French Government still believes embargo should be maintained, though its rigors may be attenuated by granting export authorizations in cases where exportations can be watched and guaranteed. French Government believes that this plan offers best solution.

Embassy at London telegraphed on May 28 that British Government concurs in proposal to raise embargo on supplies which are not in danger of reaching the enemy. British Government has communicated these views to French Government.

American Government has been opposed from the beginning to the embargo and it does not believe that specific shipments of American-owned goods should be prevented from going forward.