893.113Airplanes/3: Telegram

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

370. Your telegram 157, August 5, 3 p.m.

British Legation has advised me that the following instruction was issued to British consular officers July 12th las:

“It has been decided by His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs that the importation of aeroplanes for commercial purposes should not be regarded as coming within the scope of the 1919 arms embargo or of the King’s regents [regulations?].”

Since it seemed advisable to take up the matter first with the British as the only nationality scrupulously observing embargo, discussion with colleagues has been delayed in consequence of absence of the British Minister and of such members of his staff as are familiar with this question.