493.11/968: Telegram

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

32. Your telegrams 51 February 2, 12 M, 52 February 3, 2 p.m. The Department approves your declining to participate in support of the Belgian arrangement in view of this Government’s having had no cognizance of it, and, as indicated in its telegram No. 30 January 31, 4 p.m. leaves to your discretion the matter of joining in further representations in connection with Indemnity payments. The Department has no objection to your signing the proposed note of the Diplomatic body to Koo, if such action recommends itself to you. It is assumed that the note insists upon payment in gold or its equivalent.

Hughes