611.9331/5–3149: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Tientsin (Smyth)80

148. 1. Under circumstances described urtel 369, May 31,81 imports probably subject only customs and sanitation regulations.

2. Dept not in position comment advisability specific contracts private firms with Communist monopolies.

3. US not opposed trade with Communist areas. For your info only and not for communication to inquirer, conditions under which such trade may be carried on subject policy decisions re export controls and GATT.

  1. Repeated as No. 1216 to the Consul General at Shanghai.
  2. Not printed; it reported an approach to an agent of a foreign company regarding export of bristles to the United States by the Communist North China Foreign Trade Bureau bristle monopoly.