File No. 893.114/152

The Secretary of State to Minister Reinsch

No. 601

Sir: The Department acknowledges the receipt of your despatch No. 1396 of February 17, 1917, relative to Article 13 of the regulations for the suppression of the liquor traffic in certain districts of Northern Manchuria, which article authorizes the Governments of China and Russia to negotiate with the Governments of the different nations with a view to having the regulations apply also to foreigners residing in places open to trade within the zone described therein.

Inasmuch as China has agreed to the regulations, the Department perceives no objection, to their acceptance on the part of the American Government and you will so notify the Chinese Government.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Frank L. Polk