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The Chargé in China (Peck) to the Secretary of State

Following is Embassy’s translation of note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated April 10, received night of April 11.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received a communication from the Military Affairs Commission stating that the harbor of Ningpo in Chekiang Province has been closed to shipping, that Chinese and foreign vessels are forbidden to enter or leave the port and that this prohibition may not be relaxed without orders from the Commission. The Ministry requests that the American Embassy take note of this communication and transmit it to all American naval and merchant vessels.”

Sent to Shanghai. Repeated to Commander in Chief, Canton, Foochow, Amoy and Swatow.