The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of Commerce (Roper)14

My Dear Mr. Secretary: Referring to my letter of July 13, 1933,15 in regard to the exportation of arms and munitions of war from the [Page 501] United States to China, I enclose herewith for your information two copies, dated May 28, 1934, of Revised Regulations in Regard to the Export to China of Arms and Munitions of War.16

In this connection you will note that, under the regulations now in force, this Department requires, as a condition precedent to the issuance of an export license, that it shall have received through appropriate diplomatic channels a request from the Chinese Government that the shipment in question be permitted.

Although it is the intention of this Department, as occasion arises, to inform interested American firms and individuals in regard to the altered procedure governing the exportation to China of arms and munitions of war, it is deemed advisable that no general publicity be given the matter, and the cooperation of your Department in this regard will be appreciated.

Sincerely yours,

William Phillips
  1. The first two paragraphs of this letter were sent on June 2 to the Secretary of the Treasury.
  2. Not printed.
  3. Ante, p. 497.