The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Gallman) to the Secretary of State
[Received 10:03 p.m.]
866. We [have been] informed French Embassy recently approached Foreign Office stating Chinese had asked French Government to sell China one hundred million rounds 7.92 rifle ammunition and inquiring what British policy was toward supplying China with arms and ammunition. Foreign Office informed French [that] British policy is not to make such materials available to China at this time. French Embassy then intimated in view British policy French Government (which had such ammunition for sale) probably would reject Sino request.
Repeated Paris 91.