893.51/6901: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Bullitt)

396. Your 1051, June 1, 6 p.m., last paragraph. The Department desires that, unless you perceive objection, you strongly urge the appropriate French authorities to facilitate by all reasonable methods the transit of the tung oil shipments, basing your approach on (a) the need of the American paint industry for the tung oil, (b) the fact that the shipments of tung oil are the means for repayment for the $25,000,000 credit extended by the Export-Import Bank,64 and (c) the fact that delivery of the tung oil will operate toward maintaining China’s credit which in turn is to the interest of all countries desirous of maintaining normal and healthy relations with China.

  1. For further correspondence, see pp. 636 ff.