811.20 Defense (M)/230: Telegram

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

148. Your 399, August 14, 9 a.m. Instructions are being sent to American Embassy at Vichy to inform French Government that this Government has consented to a modification of the contract covering the sale to this Government of Chinese wolfram and antimony so that the Chinese Government will have no further responsibility for delivery of the wolfram and antimony included in the Selenga cargo. You may so inform Chinese Government.

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It is regretted that Chinese Government was not able to carry out the original contract and it is hoped that it will be able to replace the 1200 tons of wolfram involved by shipments from China as promptly as possible. A contract covering such replacements and perhaps further quantities of wolfram is being worked out with Mr. K. C. Li.