611.9331/11–2845: Telegram

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

2051. Export trade restrictions now in force are as reported in Embtel 2049, Nov. 27.52 Following comments are forwarded for information of Department and Department of Commerce, and further reference to Embtel 2000, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. Proposal for waiving of principal export trade controls and trade restrictions as measure for rehabilitation of Chinese commercial centers appears to have support Finance Ministry and Executive Yuan. Decision for this action was not reached, however, on Nov. 20 as previously scheduled. It now appears that shipments seeking export to a greater extent than at first believed may represent collaborationist cargo and flight of capital and that some way of screening export shipments may therefore be regarded as desirable. Reference Shanghai’s telegram to Dept. No. 237, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.

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