893.113/563: Telegram

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Harvey) to the Secretary of State

422. Department’s 188, June 29, 3 p.m., 1922,43 and subsequent correspondence. I am in receipt of a note from the Foreign Office referring to the British Government’s proposal (contained in my 303, July 20, 5 p.m., 192244) that the whole question should be reviewed by the diplomatic representatives at Peking before proceeding with the adoption of the resolution covering shipments of arms and munitions of war to China and stating,

“I now have the honor to request that you will inform the United States Government that His Majesty’s Government together with the Governments of the Dominion of Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Newfoundland, the Irish Free State and India are prepared if the other powers concerned agree to do likewise to carry out the provisions of the above-mentioned resolution and to approve the terms [of the interpretative note?] of the diplomatic body at Peking on October 3d, 1922, of which the following is the text: ‘This is understood to include aircraft [other than commercial aircraft] and machine [machinery] and materials destined exclusively for the manufacture of arms or the equipment of arsenals.’ I shall be glad if I may in due course be informed when the other powers concerned have notified their adoption of the resolution and interpretative note.”