The Secretary of State to the Chargé in China ( Bell )
204. Your 306, August 26, 6 p.m. While the note creates some doubt as to Karakhan’s attitude towards the arrangements set forth in the note of August 18, the Department considers that the modus vivendi mentioned by him may afford the means of arriving at a more definite understanding, and since it appears from your telegram that it is the best that might well be hoped for from Karakhan at the present moment you are advised that the Department perceives no objection to the note as the basis of concluding such a modus vivendi.
Department believes it unwise to engage in further negotiations on the subject and that it is best to concur in opinion expressed by British Minister as stated in paragraph 3 your 306.