File No. 661.939/15

The Consul at Harbin (Moser) to the Secretary of State


Commissioner Chinese Customs informed consular body to-day of complete removal of embargo against export to Russians’ territory by Chinese Government. Please inform War Trade Board that as greatest bulk of imports to Harbin are intended for sale to buyers in Russia and there is now no means for controlling transactions of any of the merchant firms at Harbin, the consulate can not accept any responsibility for the destination of any goods shipped to Harbin or offer any assurance that they may not fall into the hands of the enemy.

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An identical telegram, in which I could not join, was sent to-day by the Japanese, British, and French consular representatives to their respective Ministers at Peking . …