The Secretary of State to the Minister in China ( Reinsch )
Your December 11, 9 a.m.
Since matters referred to in your telegram appear to relate to data which it may be proper for conference to consider in connection with its deliberations and to rules under which the conference shall operate, it seems to Department that these are matters which may in the first instance properly be considered by delegates themselves, and that it may be inadvisable for participating Governments to endeavor prior to opening of conference to place limitations on its action and to prescribe methods of procedure for it. If later it seems advisable to support the proposed action, advise Dept. fully giving reasons.