Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State


Subject: Oil to China

Participants: Sir Oliver Franks, British Ambassador
Secretary of State Acheson, and
Mr. George W. Perkins, Assistant Secretary1

During the course of my conversation with Sir Oliver today I took up with him the question of oil to China stating that our companies had agreed voluntarily to stop shipments and that we felt that it was important that all shipments be stopped to China, particularly North China. Sir Oliver asked if we were sure that no oil shipments were being made from the United States by other than the companies which normally trade in China. It was stated that we believe this to be the case but that we would check to make certain and would inform Sir Oliver. Sir Oliver indicated that he felt that the military in the U.K. would be inclined to agree with our position on oil, but that the political side would probably be slower, and pointed out that although the U.K. was in complete sympathy with the U.S. on Korea the tension was not as high at present in London as it is in Washington.

Dean Acheson
  1. Mr. Perkins was Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs.