893.74/66: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Denmark ( Grew )17

5. An American corporation, the Federal Telegraph Company, on January 8th last signed with the Chinese Government a contract for the construction and operation of wireless stations at Shanghai, [Page 414] Peking, Harbin, Canton, for a period of ten years in joint account with the Chinese Government and thereafter for a further ten years on a royalty basis.

The Legation at Peking now reports that a protest against this contract has been lodged with the Chinese Government by the Danish Legation on the ground that it infringes upon rights claimed by a Danish corporation.

You will inquire of the Foreign Office whether such protest has been made with the approval of the Danish Government and if so what is the precise character of the rights by virtue of which protest is made against this American contract.

  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, to the Chargé in Japan as no. 31.