File No. 4857/8–10.

The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Rockhill.

No. 323.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 610, of May 13 last, inclosing a copy in translation of a note received by you from the Wai-wu Pu, concerning the importation of arms and ammunition into China.

As pertinent thereto, I inclose herewith a copy of recent correspondence with the Treasury Department regarding the exportation of firearms from this country to China.

I am, etc.,

Robert Bacon.
[Inclosure 1.]

The Secretary of State to the Secretary of the Treasury.

Sir: The Chinese Government informs the department that there are indications of heavy importations of arms into China from the United States in violation of Chinese law, and that Government asks for such assistance as we can properly give in enabling it to detect and prevent such illegal importations.

This department will be obliged to the Treasury Department if it will obtain from the customs officers of American ports information of any shipments that take place of arms for China or for ports whence they might readily be smuggled into China, and will advise the department, in order that the information may be communicated to the Chinese minister.

I have, etc.,

Elihu Root.
[Inclosure 2.]

The Acting Secretary of the Treasury to the Secretary of State.

Sir: In reply to your letter of the 6th instant, I have the honor to state that the proper customs officers have this day been instructed to report immediately to this department all shipments of arms to China and adjacent countries.


J. H. Edwards.