The British Ambassador (Lindsay) to the Secretary of State

No. 31

Sir: I have the honor to invite reference to the note which you were good enough to address to me on the 1st August last,24 and to explain, under instructions from His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, that His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom have given careful consideration to the suggestion there put forward that they should exercise over the export to China of aircraft and the component parts thereof a control similar to that exercised by the United States Government, and that the two Governments should agree to make their lists of arms and implements of war conform more closely to the list prepared by the Committee for the Regulation of the Trade in and Private and State Manufacture of Arms and Implements of War.25

His Majesty’s Government do not, however, feel that bilateral action, affecting the United States and Great Britain only, would provide a satisfactory solution. Moreover, in their view, the present time is [Page 555]unfortunately not favourable for an attempt to secure general international agreement on the adoption of the provisions of the draft convention.26

I have [etc.]

R. C. Lindsay
  1. Foreign Relations, 1935, vol. iii, p. 733.
  2. See League of Nations, Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments, Conference Documents, Annex 5, vol. ii, p. 559.
  3. For text of draft convention, see Conference Documents, vol. iii, p. 788. For correspondence concerning provisions of the convention, see Foreign Relations, 1935, vol. i, pp. 1 ff.