File No. No. 763.72112/4382
The Minister in China ( Reinsch) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 14.]
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of the Legation’s instruction (No. 2550) of today’s date to the Consulate General at Shanghai. This instruction is in answer to a despatch reporting that the British Consul General had suggested that, pending the adoption of enemy trading regulations by the United States Government, the American Consulate General advise all American shippers in its consular district that the procedure with respect to trading with enemy aliens will be as heretofore; that is to say, they would have to comply with the British enemy trading regulations in shipping cargo on British or Allied ships. As a matter of fact, the Consulate General has not definitely or officially recognized the British enemy trading regulations, and to follow the suggested procedure would seem to do so.
There is also enclosed copy of despatch (No. 1278) of April 25, 1917, from the Consulate General at Shanghai, relating to the same subject.1 It would seem that the individual status of the firms mentioned in this despatch is a matter primarily for decision by the Department of Commerce.
I have the honor to request your instructions with respect to the attitude to be assumed towards British enemy trading restrictions.
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