The Secretary of State to the Minister in China (Schurman)
117. Your telegram No. 204, May 6th, 6 p.m.
You will by now have received the Department’s telegram No. 37, May 4, 2 p.m., to Tokyo.
While this Government has felt obligated to consult the British, French, Italian and Japanese Governments in view of the Arms Embargo agreement of May, 1919,93 and in order to avoid all possibility of misunderstanding with respect to the recent Naval Limitation Treaty with those Powers, you will note that this Government expressly reserves all rights accruing under the Bethlehem contract and would expect to proceed with the matter in preference to any other nationality.
You will explain to the appropriate authorities the position of this Government in the matter as set forth in the present instruction and in the Department’s telegram cited above.