The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in China (Crane)
273. Your 300, October 7, 11 a.m.
You may if you deem advisable notify American Consular Officers in China proper that in consequence of the Chinese Government’s action Russian diplomatic and consular officers including assessors cease to be entitled to any official recognition as colleagues. In the matter of jurisdiction over Russian subjects you should confine yourself to instructing Consuls that they should make no commitments on that subject without previous reference to the Department through the Legation, except in cases where an American citizen or concern is party to the proceedings, in which case a reservation of American rights in the premises should be filed at once with the appropriate local authorities and with the Foreign Office.