The Secretary of State to the British Chargé (Chilton)

Sir: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of the note (No. 87) under date of January 29 last, in which you advised me of the conclusion of the British Government that the refusal of the Japanese Government [Page 573] to accept the recommendations formulated at Washington on February 4, 1922, by the radio experts of the American, British, French and Japanese Governments, had placed the British Government under the necessity of maintaining the existing rights of the cable companies pending the conclusions of an agreement based on those recommendations.

While frankly disappointed by what appears to be the abrupt abandonment by the British Government of the position which it had urged this and the other interested Governments to adopt, I am happy to note the assurance that this action of the British Government has been taken in no spirit of hostility to the American interests concerned, and trust that I may construe this assurance to mean that the British Government has no intention of renewing direct or indirect pressure upon the Chinese Government to prevent the carrying out of the contracts between that Government and the Federal Telegraph Company with regard to the establishment of radio stations in China.

Accept [etc.]

Charles E. Hughes