§ Lord ROBERT CECIL
With a view to co-operating with His Majesty's Government the Japanese Government have issued Orders to their shipping lines prohibiting the carriage of merchandise handled by or destined for enemy subjects in China as from the 26th instant, the date on which the British Proclamation of the 25th June comes into force. This action on the part of the Japanese Government is much appreciated by His Majesty's Government. As regards the second part of the question, both France and Russia some time ago adopted measures which have the effect of prohibiting all trading with enemy subjects in China. I am, however, unaware as to what prohibitions, if any, have been imposed by the remaining Allied Powers.