It’s also important to note that at this time, the US was also sending supplies to GERMANY. But that doesn’t get represented in the game, or historically in most books.
China was BUYING supplies is a more accurate description.
It was sending stuff on a much larger scale to the other Allied nations (particularly Britain). At this point the USA was still a bit isolationist, but there are always a few people wanting to get money from the other side. The USA trade with Germany wasn’t really very substantial, and it is covered with bad politics and opinions nowadays. There’s really no reason to include it.
Germany was getting imports from the United States? This is the first I have ever heard of that.
I do remember that when Italy invaded Ethiopia, the League of Nations imposed an embargo on Italy. The problem was that it didn’t include coal or oil and also didn’t affect non-members like the United States. That tells me that the US was trading with Italy so I guess it’s not too much of a stretch that the US was also trading with Germany as well. I just assumed with all the stuff we were sending to Britain, that we wouldn’t send stuff to Germany too. Then again, if we could send stuff to both China and Japan, then why not Britain and Germany.
Speaking of Italy invading Ethiopia - that was before WWII even started. So at that point there was still Franco-German and Anglo-German trade, as well. Even Russo-German trade, actually (and it was fairly substantial).
America: “Let’s play war”
World: “I don’t have any weapons”
America: “That’s OK, I will sell you some of mine”
That really isn’t (or wasn’t) the situation at all. That’s just what people think happened when they oversimplify thingsand want the USA to look bad. You can do that with almost any country, if you know where to look.