500.A 4e 1/53: Telegram

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

84. My 83, March 18, 5 p.m. Please add the following as paragraph 5:

Though the diplomatic representatives felt that the Chinese Government should be reminded of its obligations in respect of the abolition of likin, they are all convinced that whatever plan the Government may present for that purpose no practical results will follow as the Government is powerless to assert its will in the provinces.