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

No. 996

Sir: With reference to the Department’s telegraphic instruction of February 24, 1921, 6 p.m., No. 77, regarding the protest of the Danish Government against the Federal wireless contract, I have the honor to state that the substance of the Department’s instruction was duly read to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.36 In reply he stated that in his answer to the protest of the Danish Minister he had limited himself to the argument that the contract provisions on which the Danish protests were based could not be considered by the Chinese Government to include any method of communication other than cable communication and could not be interpreted as including wireless or any other possible future method of communication. The Minister inquired whether any further information had been received on the subject from the Department, and he was informed that none had been received and it was assumed, therefore, that the matter was closed as far as the Danish Government was concerned. Dr. Yen observed that the Danish Minister had likewise not made any reply to Dr. Yen’s note on the subject.

I have [etc.]

(For the Minister)
A. B. Ruddock
  1. W. W. Yen.