ONI CONTRIBUTION - 'FINNISH MERCHANT SHIPS FOR COMMUNIST CHINA'

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CIA-RDP79-01203A000200110003-9
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RIPPUB
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C
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2
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December 9, 2016
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July 11, 2000
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3
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Publication Date: 
February 10, 1955
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MF
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Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-RDP79-01203A000200110003-9 CONFIDENTIAL US OFFICIALS ONLY EDIC/ID?lO Control No. 2114 10 February 1955 MI} ORANDUM FOR: Economic Defense Intelligence Committee FROM : Executive Secretary, EDIC SUBJECT : ONI Contribution m "Finnish Merchant Ships for Communist China" 1. The attached are furnished by the ONI member through the OSD member for EDIC (EDAC). Attachment No, 1 may not be released to foreign nationals- 25X1 X7 25X1X7 7 2. Information is provided on Chinese Communist efforts to purchase old ships from shipowners in Finland,, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Reference is made to the Finnish vessels AUNE He, VAASA, PETSAMO, KOTKA, and WERGUS. 3. The Department of State in DEPTEL Helsinki 278 of 1 February 1955 referred to the issuance of Finnish expert licenses for sale of six vessels to Communist China and to an earlier DEPTEL which suggested "Finns should be dissuaded sell any type ships Red China contrary UN embargo". DEPTEL 278 instructs the Embassy to explore with the Finnish Government various methods of preventing the sale of these vessels to Communist China and to attempt to get "as firm assurance as possible there will be no additional licenses granted for any ship sales to China." The American Embassy in Helsinki subsequently has advised that the Chinese Communists have refused recent Finnish offers to sell five vessels for which export licenses have been granted by Finland. State Dept. declassification & release instructions on file Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-RDP79-01203A000200110003-9 Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-RDP79-01203A000200110003-9 CONFIDENTIAL US OFFICIALS ONLY EDIC/ID 10 4. The attached ONI contribution is tabled (with clearances as indicated) to provide action agencies with a concise restatement of the problem'to assist in exploring with the British whether actual delivery of the Finnish ships to Communist China can be impeded by denial of bunkers or other measures, 25X1A9a Attachments No. 1 - Chinese Communist Purchases of Merchant Ships in Scandinavian Countries No. 2 - Delivery of Finnish Mership WERGUS to Communist China Distribution Cato B (5,813)(S/TR) C-(1-3) D(am) E (1-4c,g,5a) Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-RDP79-01203A000200110003-9