The Secretary of State to the Minister in China (MacMurray)
80. Your 162, April 3, 2 p.m. While inclined to agree with you that present arms embargo has failed materially to restrict the supply of arms to warring factions in China, the Department does not believe that the United States should take the lead in recommending its revision or discontinuance, especially at the present time when to do so would offer seeming justification for a charge that we desired to favor one faction against another. The Department would therefor prefer that you refrain for the present from initiating any discussion of question.