493.11/960a: Telegram

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

18. With reference to the Department’s instruction No. 261 of August 1, 1921,82 a joint resolution was introduced in the Senate on December 6, 1923, in language identical with that of the resolution introduced in 1921, authorizing the President in his discretion to remit the balance of the Boxer Indemnity, such remission to begin as from October 1, 1917, and to be at such times and in such manner as the President shall deem just. The Department, in view of the actual situation and present tendencies in China, desires your opinion as to what is likely to be the effect produced by the passage of this resolution both upon the minds of Chinese and Americans residing in China; also as to its bearing, beneficial or adverse, upon American interests in that country.

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