File No. 763.72112A/1431

The Minister in China ( Reinsch ) to the Secretary of State


Some American firms desire to acquire property essential or highly advantageous to their business from Germans or firms including German partners. While such transaction does not contravene the letter of the Enemy Trading Act as applied to China, and while it is greatly to the advantage of American business to acquire such property while the opportunity exists before it passes into the hands of others, yet before advising the firms concerned that their action is unobjectionable, I beg to request telegraphic instructions on this subject.