493.419/7–1550: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Douglas) to the Secretary of State

secret   priority

328. FE Department Foreign Office informs Embassy as follows: British sources have informed UKG quantities of oil obtained from British sources have been shipped Nanking. UKG reaction vigorous. Complete embargo shipment oil to China effective immediately. Admiralty contemplating purchase all oil stocks Hong Kong including those in possession American interests. British Embassy Washington has been instructed inform Department of action being taken.