File No. 893.01/60.
Peking, December 18, 1915.
It is probable that formal promulgation of the Empire will be made immediately after January first. Therefore I have the honor [Page 79] to ask instructions with respect to recognition and venture to suggest that, in view of the fact that the change in favor [sic] of Government was accomplished without a coup d’état in an orderly manner without any factional struggle or organized opposition and that it involves no changes in the personnel of the Government with the exception of the head of the State and is accompanied by preparations for early convocation of the National Assembly, recognition could reasonably be granted as a matter of course and in accordance with American policy as defined by Secretary of State Webster in instructions to Rives, January 12, 1852. AH Ministers here with whom I have spoken are favorable to recognition and so advise their Governments.