701.6193/10: Telegram

The Minister in China (Crane) to the Secretary of State

281. My 278.14 Chinese authorities apparently proceeding to increasingly close control of Russian concessions. French continue to agitate for international control. British still without instructions. French have taken branches of Russo-Asiatic Bank under protection. Press features rumor that French will endeavor to take control Chinese Eastern basing act on financial interest but nothing tangible is adduced. Yourin not pleased with [omission] turned him down for the present after learning what he might have to offer.

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