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

No. 2696

Sir: I have the honor to refer to Mr. Mayer’s telegrams Nos. 472 and 478 of December 4, 3 p.m., and December 9, 5 p.m., relative to the note addressed to the Chinese Government on December 9th by the representatives of the United States, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan, and The Netherlands, in which it was declared in the names of their Governments that they would lend their full support to the Provisional Government in Peking under the present Provisional Chief Executive, upon certain understandings.

My telegram No. 501 of December 24, 3 p.m.,74 contained a summary of the Wai Chiao Pu’s reply of December 23rd. I now have the honor to transmit herewith enclosed, for the Department’s information, a copy of a translation of the last mentioned note.

I have [etc.]

Jacob Gould Schurman

The Chinese Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs (Shen Jui-lin) to the American Minister (Schurman)

In acknowledging the receipt of the joint Communication of the Heads of Missions at Peking of the United States of America, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan and The Netherlands under date of December 9, 1924, which has been acceded to by Portugal in a Note dated December 18th, 1924, from the British Minister on behalf of the Portuguese Government, the Chinese Government desire to express their gratification at the declaration made by them in the names of their Governments, that they will lend their full support to the Provisional Government in Peking under the present Chief Executive which, they are correct in understanding, has been [Page 443] constituted with the concurrence of the Nation and will lead to the establishment of a formal Government truly representative of the Republic. The Chinese Government desire to assure them that the Chinese Government will continue to respect, as they have always respected, all the Treaties, Conventions, and other engagements duly entered into by China, and even in exceptional cases where a divergence of interpretation has arisen the Chinese Government have always endeavored to seek an equitable solution with the Power or Powers concerned in accordance with international usage.

The Chinese Government are gratified to be apprised that the Governments signatory to the Washington Treaties are willing and anxious to proceed as soon as practicable with the carrying out of the measures contemplated in the Washington Treaties and Resolutions. These measures, which are purposely restricted to those which were immediately practicable, were unconditionally agreed upon to be forthwith carried out. The Chinese Government regret the delay which has unexpectedly occurred and sincerely hope that, with the assurance of friendly assistance now given by the Governments concerned, these measures could soon be put into execution, in accordance with the intentions and agreements of the Washington Conference. They wish to add, furthermore, that in view of the desire of the Chinese Government to consolidate the friendship between China and the friendly Powers on a permanent and sound basis, they hope that the Powers concerned will also at an early date give sympathetic consideration to the other well-known national aspirations of the Chinese people, submitted in recent years to different international conferences by the Chinese Government, so that their relations may be further improved to their mutual benefit.

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