195.2/2701: Telegram

The Vice Consul in Chargé at Canton (Price) to the Secretary of State

American companies operating under charter Chinese-owned vessels plying inland waters desire to fly the flag of the United States at the masthead to indicate charter interests, the vessels continuing [Page 524] fly the flag of China aft and remain operating Chinese registry, Chinese authorities acquiescing and other nationals permitted. Does the Department sanction or prohibit? Please reply by telegraph as early as possible.