793.94111/62a: Telegram

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

246. Canton’s September 16, 6 p.m.,24 contained a paragraph as follows:

“Spokesman military headquarters inquired regarding significance of new restriction on transportation munitions on American Government owned ships and warning other American ships and said his office was much perturbed; China had ordered considerable quantities American military supplies and was depending on their prompt arrival.”

The Department suggests that you carefully paraphrase and repeat in confidential code its 239, September 15, 8 p.m., to Canton, Shanghai and Hankow, with the request that the Consuls General be guided by the thoughts and suggestions set forth therein in their contacts and conversations with Chinese officials.

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