893.24/2–2447: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Belgium (Kirk)

223. Schroeder representative of Fabrique Nationale approached US corporation in attempt to buy 50 million rounds of 7.92 rifle ammunition which constitutes one-half an order from China.

In your discretion you may wish to discuss with Spaak34 this proposed sale of ammunition to China by Belgian firm pointing out that munitions from US no longer being made available to China. We feel Belgian Govt would like to know of our attitude and might wish to follow similar policy which it is understood has likewise been adopted by British. Canadians have indicated willingness to cooperate.

  1. Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.