The Secretary of State to the Minister in China ( Schurman )
30. Your No. 44, January 25, 4 p.m. Since this Government appears not to have been privy to, or cognizant of, the Allied joint memorandum of 1918, the Department considers that you should not associate yourself with any representations based upon separate arrangements made thereunder by other Protocol Powers either individually or as a group.
In view of the fact that this Government has not been apprised of any such arrangements, the Department furthermore questions the advisability of the Legation lending its further cooperation in any representations in connection with Indemnity payments until it shall have been informed in detail of those arrangements.