Chargé Coolidge to the Secretary of State.
Peking, April 22, 1905.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Department’s instruction No. 892, of March 9, transmitting a pro memoria sent by the Russian ambassador to the Department with regard to the neutrality of China and the restriction of the theater of military operations.
I communicated this to the Chinese Government, as directed, and have just received a reply, in which China strenuously denies that she has failed to observe her duties as a neutral. A copy of the correspondence is inclosed.
I have, etc.,