693.0023/1–1747: Telegram

The Consul General at Dairen (Benninghoff) to the Secretary of State

10. Soviet Consul states as Dairen still closed port, entry [and] departure ships [and] all persons under military control. States request for clearance courier ship should be communicated Soviet FonOff by American Embassy Moscow about week before expected arrival. Clearance for ship includes courier and official personnel and families but others require special clearance. Refer my telegram 2, January 4 [8].

Situation accordingly not changed since my arrival 9 months ago although emphasis now more on “permission” rather than “notification”.

Because of transmission delays, I requested Soviet Consul ask Soviet FonOff inform American Embassy Moscow of above.

Repeat Moscow, Shanghai, Nanking.10

  1. Repeated to the Ambassadors in China and the Soviet Union, January 19, 8 a.m.