893.00 B/306: Telegram

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


518. The following has been received from the American consul at Canton:

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Reliable information has been received by me to the effect that General Li Chai-sum55 is in serious need of arms and ammunition [Page 327] at this time. Cancelation of the arms embargo agreement56 is favored by many foreigners as being much fairer to all parties concerned than is the existing situation. The political groups most friendly to us are adversely affected by the present situation.

  1. Also known as Li Chi-shen, military commander of Canton and supporter of Chiang Kai-shek in Kwangtung Province.
  2. See Foreign Relations, 1919, vol. i, pp. 667 ff.