The Minister in China (Reinsch) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received August 5.]
Sir: In continuation of my despatch No. 2695 of April 29th relating to the proposal to eliminate the German interest from the Hukuang railway enterprise, I have the honor to enclose copy of a note from the Foreign Office dated April 30th which was written and received after the note of the Foreign Office already communicated to you in which it accepts the proposal for elimination of the German interest. That such a demand should be made seemed to the Ministers concerned as somewhat extraordinary. It was first considered appropriate to return the note to the Foreign Office as the alternatives presented therein could not be entertained. However, as the British Minister remarked that at the time when he had received the assurance that our proposal to eliminate the German interest would be accepted in a note, the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs had also stated that the Chinese Government might make a counter proposal in this matter, we decided to reply—merely stating that we should defer expressing ourselves upon the counter proposals at this time. Copy of the note in this sense to the Foreign Office, dated May 22nd, is also herewith enclosed. Identical notes were sent by the three Ministers concerned.
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