500.A 4e/18: Telegram

The Consul General at Shanghai (Cunningham) to the Secretary of State

1. Present tariff revision calculated form basis for subsequent 2½ percent surtax, also questions concerning reclassifications and basis assessing duties will be considered. Anticipate require four to six months. Important our Government send immediately technical expert as assistant. Chinese request names American associate delegates. Japanese sending two well-qualified technical assistants. Request authorization nominate local American business man as member commission similar to action British, French and Italian interests. First formal meeting Commission April 12th. Arnold.