893.113/1538: Telegram

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

218. Legation’s 213, May 17, 1 p.m. The Legation has been informed by the British Legation that British Minister in conversation with Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs gave assurances that British Government would continue present policy provided Chinese Government would enforce its import regulations and provided other countries complied with Chinese request but that if it develops that other countries disregarded Chinese request or that Chinese Government could not enforce its regulations then British Government might find it desirable alter policy.

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