File No. 661.939/21

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


Your telegram of July 5, 5 p.m. In view of the complete control of Blagoveshchensk and Khabarovsk by Bolshevik and enemy forces, the British Government has instructed Legation to urge upon the Chinese Government the necessity of prohibiting the passage of supplies thither by Sungari River. This appears to be a particular measure of military necessity, as distinguished from general embargo, and I beg to request authorization to support British representatives if necessary.