File No. 661.939/18

The Chargé in China (MacMurray) to the Secretary of State


Legation’s telegram June 24, 4 p.m. Under instructions of his Government French Minister is urging upon the Chinese Government resumption of embargo on exports to Siberia and informs me that the Chinese Government is prepared to accede if such action is deemed necessary as a war measure by the Allies. The British and Japanese legations are disposed to support French representations. French Minister expresses the hope in view of new situation created by the action of the Czecho-Slovak troops at Vladivostok and west of Irkutsk our Government may consider it advisable to modify the policy indicated in your telegram of June 10, 2 p.m.

I beg to request early instructions as to your views as British Minister, as dean of the Allied representatives, is endeavoring to delay further action by his colleagues until I am in position to state whether or not recent developments have induced any alteration in your attitude towards this question.