893.74/62: Telegram

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

80. My 64, January 20 [27], 7 p.m.9 British Minister has informed me formally of instructions received by him to secure annulment of Federal contract. His protest based on articles 6 and 12 of wireless contract forwarded by Legation’s 3118 of December 5th, 1918 [1919].10

Danish protest now on ground cable contract.11

I fear the present vehement British and Japanese pressure on present weak Cabinet here will be successful although individually all members, especially Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Communications, recognize great desirability of establishing this means of open and cheap communication between the two peoples.

I suggest matter be arranged between the Department and the Governments concerned and I ask for instructions. Moss now in the United States.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Despatch not printed; for articles mentioned, see footnote 5, p. 408.
  3. See telegram no. 17, Feb. 17, from the Minister in Denmark, p. 414.