Memorandum by the Secretary of State of a Conversation With President Truman

The President has given further thought to the recommendation of the National Security Council on munitions to China in the light of the advice given him by the Congressional leaders. He believes that it is wise for us to follow that advice. Therefore, we will not suspend or embargo shipments to China. However, wherever possible, it is desirable that shipments be delayed where this can be done without formal action. I suspect that this means that the ships now loading should be permitted to sail.

I should like a report on how other shipments from the United States and surplus property shipments from the Far East can be slowed down.

D[ean] A[cheson]