The Department of State to the British Embassy


The Department of State acknowledges the receipt of the British Embassy’s memorandum dated May 31, 1949 concerning the question of controlling exports to China.

The Department understands that this memorandum, as amplified by its oral discussion with Mr. Hubert Graves, Counselor of the British Embassy, may be taken as indicating agreement in principle by the British Government that appropriate controls should be instituted over strategic exports to China.

The Department is glad to accept the suggestion contained in the Embassy’s memorandum that the technical aspects of this policy be discussed in London. Plans are being made for representatives of the Departments of State and Commerce to go to London shortly for this purpose, and this Department will communicate orally with the British Embassy regarding the necessary detailed arrangements.