811.20 Defense (M)/12314: Telegram

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

410. Your No. 306 of March 3, 10 a.m. Department’s No. 79 of January 16, 1 p.m. War Production Board is adjusting priority schedule to 1,500,000 pounds tin for U. S. S. R. at an A–2 priority instead of the 600,000 indicated in the Department’s January 16th. There is furthermore no objection to shipments of Russian owned tin in excess of the new quota should additional quantities become available. The A–2 priority applies to Russian owned tin of all grades.

The present quota for Metals Reserve tin 400,000 pounds per month at an A–3 rating still stands; but this is not a restrictive quota if more plane space is available and more MRC tin is made available.

Please inform Kunming.