811.20 Defense (M)/472/22: Telegram

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

291. My 284, June 22, 11 a.m. Minister of Economic Affairs informs me that at present Chinese Government has approximately 5,940 tons of wolfram ore, 5,670 tons of antimony, 428 tons of tin and 48 tons of quicksilver in Indochina which Chinese are anxious to move out to Manila or to Singapore. Says they need permit of Governor General at Hanoi and asked me to instruct American Consul at Hanoi to assist in obtaining such a permit. He adds that at Kwangchow-wan the Government possesses 958 tons of antimony. I am informing Minister of Economics that I have no authority to instruct American Consul as he requests but that I have transmitted information to Washington.

Sent to the Department. Repeated to Peiping. Hanoi informed.