The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in China ( Reinsch )
Your Number 1715 of November 1072 and Department’s December 15, 6 p.m.73
The American Government considers it important that land frontier tariff as well as maritime should be revised otherwise sea-borne commerce under increased rates will be at additional disadvantage. A failure to revise the land frontier tariff may endanger the acceptance of the revised maritime tariff. At present the lack of a recognized Government in Russia makes it impossible to discuss the question with Petrograd, but you are instructed to bring the American views to the attention of the Chinese Government.