Memorandum of Telephone Conversation, by the Chief of the Division of Chinese Affairs (Ringwalt)

Mr. Tsui33 told me that it was his understanding that in recent months difficulties had been experienced in obtaining export licenses covering shipments of arms and munitions to China. He asked that I give special consideration to an order which the Universal Trading Corporation desired to place with an arms factory for thirty million rounds of .50 calibre machine gun ammunition which was urgently needed in China.

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I informed Mr. Tsui that the suspension on the issuance of export licenses covering shipment of ammunition to China was still in effect and that if an application were made for such a shipment it would doubtless be rejected.

Mr. Tsui suggested that perhaps in this instance the Secretary would agree to make an exception and urged me repeatedly to refer the matter to him for a decision. I informed Mr. Tsui that I would prepare a memorandum on the subject.

A[rthur] R. R[ingwalt]
  1. Tswen-ling Tsui, Counselor of the Chinese Embassy.