The Secretary of State to the Minister in China ( Schurman )
108. Your despatch No. 2207 April 14.49 The Chinese Minister under instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informally inquired concerning the attitude of this Government with respect to making the resumption of negotiations for the return of the Mixed Court conditional upon the discussion of other extraneous questions at Shanghai as inferred from the Dean’s note of April 10,49 and has stated that Koo50 is disposed to consider that the proposal for Settlement extension is in contravention of Article I of the Nine Power Treaty Relating to Principles and Policies concerning China.51 The Minister was informed that, without passing on the merits of this contention, the Department desired to adhere to the position which it had consistently taken that the question of the Mixed Court should be kept free from extraneous matters, and had so instructed the Legation.
In order to dispel the misunderstanding which has arisen, it is suggested that you should, in such manner as seems most suitable, inform the Chinese Government of the position of this Government as stated in the Department’s 69, March 22, 11 A.M. [April 5, 3 p.m.], at the same time informing your colleagues of your action.