The Minister in China ( Reinsch ) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received 10 p.m.]
My telegram January 4th noon. Associated Ministers are agreed that the circumstances call for a representation to the effect that in view of the steps already taken by the North and South there is no further excuse for the delay on the part of the Southern authorities to send a peace delegation and that the immediate convocation of the Peace Conference is demanded by the interests of China and the friendly powers.
My colleagues are of the opinion, in which I share, that the Chinese Government having taken every possible measure to promote peace fairly is entitled to use the surplus customs revenue in order to carry on the administration and demobilization troops, therefore we propose to make no objection to such use of the revenue. Situation has changed since my telegram November 6th, 5 p.m.13
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