893.24/1569: Telegram

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

479. Department’s 401, March 25, 8 p.m.24 In conversation last night Soviet trade representative informed me that 7 to 800 tons of cargo per month is now moving from both directions across Sinkiang in Soviet trucks. Cargo for China consisting gasoline, spare parts for Russian trucks in Lanchow and miscellaneous articles of non-military nature. Outgoing cargo consists of metals and minerals, hides and skins, wool, bristles, tea and other miscellaneous items in small lots. This cargo movement is not related to the “2000 tons agreement” but trade representative does not believe that Chinese will be able to produce much more cargo after agreement comes into effect. Reiterated request that American trucks be supplied for the traffic.

  1. See footnote 19, p. 600.