861.77/658: Telegram

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

Your telegram of February 4, 1 [7] p.m. While waiting final instructions I have already, when questioned by Chinese officials, made the suggestion indicated by you, namely, that the arrangements made here would relate only to Russian rights and will leave Chinese rights in the railway exactly as they are. Property and administration were in the hands of Russians with formal Chinese participation through a Chinese director general. Polite consideration of this official will obviate any possible difficulties. Chinese here understand and do not object to agreement. Opposition may be stirred up by interested parties but will not be serious.